$60 million high school football stadium opens - KMSP-TV

$60 million high school football stadium opens

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ALLEN, Texas -

The new football stadium in Allen might not be the biggest high school football stadium in Texas, but there's so much to it that it might even make Jerry Jones proud.

Students and fans got their first glimpse at Allen High School's new stadium at a pep rally Thursday night. An estimated 10,000 people gathered to cheer on the Eagles, but as many as 18,000 would have fit.

In 2009 Allen voters agreed to spend half of a $119 million bond to build the state-of-the-art facility. Other funded supported the arts program and a transportation, maintenance and nutrition center.

Allen Independent School District Superintendent Ken Helvey said there's only one high school in the city with 4,000 students in three grades. So there was a great need for a larger stadium to accommodate multiple sports that will continue to grow.

Helvey said the venue can also help make money for the city by hosting private events and concerts.

"I lived here all my life and it's cool to see something like this be built in the city and the city rise up to something as great as this," added Grant Haka, a senior at Allen High School.

Pauline Barr isn't related to anyone that goes to the school, but the 93-year-old resident said she still believes the $60 million was well spent.

"They'll spend it for something, so this is encouraging the youth and taking care of our young people," she said.

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