This is a picture of the new football stadium for the Allen Eagles.
When you look at it, for a split second, you might wonder if the Eagles are an expansion NFL franchise. They are not.
Upon closer inspection, and once the shock wears off, you’ll assume that it’s a stadium for a college football team – possibly a mid-tier Division I team. Nope.
It’s a high school football stadium.
The lesson: don’t mess with Texas. Not when it comes to high school football.
What is surprising to me is how little I was surprised to see that this is a high school stadium in Texas, or that $60 million would be spent on it. Having lived here now for 4+ years, I can say that even as much as we Hoosiers love our high school basketball…I think Texans love their high school football even more. Just slightly though. Frankly, both are pretty insane.
The stadium’s capacity is 18,000, and it is expected to be full for most of team’s bigger games. In fact, though $60 million sounds crazy as a price tag for a football stadium, especially considering the national narrative of slashing education budgets, it seems to make sense to many of the folks in Allen.
Keith Whitmire wrote a piece for FOX Sports that provides the background: “Allen H.S. unveils $60 million football stadium”.
I’d read the article, but I can’t stop staring at the picture.