I guess everything really is bigger in Texas. Allen High School has built a $60 million football stadium. It holds up to 18,000 people and has an HD video screen. The high school is pretty large as 4,000 students are enrolled. The band consists of 700 members which is one of the largest in the country.
I have never heard of a high school having a facility with a video screen, but it’s fitting as Allen, Texas is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the state. Apparently, the stadium before this one was inadequate in every way. District spokesman Tim Carroll said this to ESPN about the revenue the stadium will generate: “Our intention is not to recoup the money it cost to build the stadium. It’s not practical to say we’ll get that money back. (But) the revenue we receive from the stadium will far exceed the cost of operating it.”
No high school in America needs a stadium this extravagant. These kids are not playing football on a national scene, they’re playing for statewide recognition at best. With all the money needed to fund education these days it’s pretty ridiculous to spend it on a stadium.