Allen High School in Allen, Tex. is constructing a $60 million football stadium, where its teenage boys will learn the game. "Football has always been a big deal here," says district athletic director Steve "Bubba" Williams. "It's about tra-di-tion."

The upgrade is part of a $119 million project that will add a fine arts stadium, a service center, and the 18,000-seat stadium to a 650,000 square-foot campus:

It will hold 18,000 spectators in a sunken bowl designed to improve sightlines. The stadium will include a two-tier press box, an indoor golf practice area, a high-definition video scoreboard, a practice room for wrestling, and enough parking for every car in Dallas, or close.

Yes, this may seem outlandish, perhaps a little over-the-top ‚ÄĒ especially in a country with a minor issue in public education funding! But consider that this is for a high school with a 600-piece student band that consumes 2,000 bottles of water a game.

Consider, too, that elsewhere in Texas this week, the Green Bay Packers were forced to move around their practice arrangements ‚ÄĒ from SMU's outdoor practice field to Highland Park High School's very own indoor practice facility. Just so we're clear, this is necessary because both a professional football team and a private university do not have indoor practice facilities, but a local public high school (one of the wealthiest in the nation) does.

Proposed budget cuts in Texas may affect "arts education, pre-kindergarten programs and teacher incentive pay," but thanks to this voter-approved bond, the Allen student band will stay both seated and hydrated.


A $60 Million Palace for Texas High School Football [NY Times]
Packers move to indoor high school facility [Sporting News]