Texas building $63m high school football stadium four miles from $60m high school football stadium

Looks like the world’s most expensive high school football stadium won’t be the world’s most expensive anymore, or even the most expensive in the Dallas area, after voters in McKinney approved a $220 million bond measure that includes $63 million for a 12,000-seat high school football stadium.

Superintendent Rick McDaniel let out a sigh of relief as the vote “for” results rolled in.

“We’re visionaries,” he said of district leaders. “And we believe we have a vision for McKinney ISD that will propel us forward for a long time.”

Me, I’m not so sure I’d be willing to bet that high school football will still be a thing for “a long time,” but this is Texas, so maybe football will still be a popular regional sport there long after it’s banned everywhere else. (I mean, it’s Texas, so of course it will.) At least hopefully this one won’t have to be shut down for a year and a half after it develops giant cracks, because that’s so 2014.

Renderings! From a freaky angle, with actual cars in the parking lot!

AN ARTIST'S RENDERING depicts what McKinney ISDís new stadium could look like at the southeast corner of Hardin Boulevard and McKinney Ranch Parkway. Saturday night, McKinney voters decided in favor of a $220 million bond, which includes a new football stadium and events center. Construction of the 12,000-seat venue makes up $50.3 million of the bond with another $12.5 million for stadium infrastructure being used from the 2000 bond. Depending if you want to go by the $50.3 million base cost or combined cost of $62.8 million, the stadium would rank among the area's priciest.

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16 comments on “Texas building $63m high school football stadium four miles from $60m high school football stadium

  1. If anyone can build the stadium in that picture for just $63 million, I want them to bid on building my new garage.

  2. Meanwhile in neighboring Frisco, the soccer stadium — the subject of a public-private “partnership” (in which the billionaire Hunt family “partners” keep all the revenue while the city and school district “partners” pay all the costs) — is getting a $39M facelift after 10 years of use.


  3. The hard thing about this vote is that while the stadium was the single largest item in the bond proposal, it wasn’t the only thing in it. Which means to vote down the proposal is to vote down other necessary fixes, which I suspect was designed intentionally as a sort of poison pill “Vote down the stadium and Billy drinks from leaded pipes!” It also shows that even when given a vote, taxpayers will not necessarily vote for things that are in anyways sane or useful.

    1. Are you sure in football crazy Texas it wasn’t the opposite? In that the only way to get the random other fixes passed would be to attach them to a football stadium that no one would vote down?

  4. It is really $50 million with the rest coming from what was leftover in a previous bond.

    Districts don’t share stadiums, so the distance between this one and Allen is irrelevant. Three schools will share it, Frisco has NINE schools sharing two stadiums.

    Plus tax rate still went down 3 1/2%. Sorry, but yes the cost can be justified.

  5. Not sure the angle is weird so much as the field, from end zone to end zone, is a trapezoid.

  6. To me this one is not quite as nuts as Allen’s since three schools share it. Although IMO the drawing shows a stadium that’s way too fancy for high school football, but I don’t live in Texas.

  7. Navi,

    Don’t you know only 2,000 of the 12,000 attendees are going to drive. The rest are going to walk in the 95* heat!

  8. Again, we are all subsidizing this stadium through our tax code if it is being built with tax exempt bonds, direct taxes, and/or operated through tax deductible donations or direct tax revenues.

  9. The cost can only be justified if high school football athletics can be considered such an essential aspect of a school that it requires it. I could think of al ot of things in a school’s budget that 50 million could go for that would produce significantly more dividends than a stadium.

    1. Agree. Generating more “Johnny Footballs” and sports entertainment should not be in the school’s mission statement along with associated mental and physical health care problems as well as social and legal burdens for the public. Schools are considered non profit tax exempt because they should generate a positive educational return for the common good.

  10. That is totally absurd. My old high school recently canned its football program. Good riddance. They played from the mid-1970s, until last season. Never had a winning record. 4-6 in 1994, is the best they ever did.


  11. Based on the scale of the rendering, the lower tier alone would hold more than 12,000 spectators… even in TEXAS.

    Maybe this is a bait and switch and the real plan is lure the Cowboys away from the stadium that they control but the public mostly pays all… oh, wait…

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