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$60 million high school football stadium

August 27, 2012 - Burt Angeli
They like high school football in Texas.

Allen High School in suburban Dallas unveiled a new stadium that seats 18,000 spectators and cost $60 million to build. Voters approved a $119 million bond initiative to build the place.

For $60 million, the site features a high-definition scoreboard, a multi-level press box, wrestling and weight rooms, and a golf practice area. The playing surface sports the same type of artificial turf that carpets Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

“I just came in, and I’m amazed," Allen parent Olga Gavrilvic told KXAS-TV. "You know, for a high school stadium, this rocks. What can I say?"

Eagle Stadium is the fifth-largest high school football stadium in the Lonestar State, but it is the largest such venue to house a single team, according to the Texas Tribune.

“I think our first-class facilities tell everybody that we have first class academics and first-class kids," Steve Payne, principal of the nearly 4,000-student secondary school, told ABC News. “Without them, we wouldn’t have those first-class facilities.”



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