A new football stadium was recently completed in suburban Dallas. It came with a cool $60 million price tag and includes a 75-by-45 foot HD video scoreboard, 18,000 seats and private luxury boxes.
And oh yeah, it's a high school stadium.
Allen High School recently unveiled its new digs in advance of the season opener on August 31. And suffice it to say they went all out. The new stadium was approved by voters three years ago because the existing 14,000 seat facility was deemed too small. It was the centerpiece of a $119 million bond that includes a fine arts auditorium and a service center for the district.
"It shows that the people of Allen support their kids," said Allen football coach Tom Westerberg.
School officials say they already have 8,000 season ticket holders.
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Allen, which won its first state championship in 2008, has produced a slew of NFL players. Perhaps the best description of the football scene surrounding the school in the heart of a football-mad state came from its fine arts director, Anthony Gibson.
"It's controlled chaos," Gibson told the New York Times. "There's an energy you can’t describe. When they say football is like religion in Texas, it's true. From little kids all the way to the Super Bowl, we do football right."
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