Allen H.S. unveils $60 million football stadium
I went with a fox site, but the articles are similar at the other sites too.
In a nutshell:
So the voters passed a $120 million bond, of which half went to build a stadium - 1 stadium at 1 high school.The new Eagle Stadium, located in a booming suburb just north of Dallas, will merely rank fifth in the state among facilities used for Friday night football on a weekly basis.
But it's that $60 million price tag...
...Allen raised the money for its new stadium as part of a $119.4 million bond package in May of 2009 that passed with an impressive 63.66 percent of the vote.
Entire schools can be build for a fraction of that cost. (IIRC, the school our district is planning is around $17 million; I'll look it up if anyone wants me to verify.)
So what do you think? Is it just up to the voters to set building a high school stadium as a priority over any other education-related issue?
That is just insane....and sad where the priorities are . TX schools are hurting so much for funding right now, and that just seems like a slap in the face to all the teachers.
Carolyn - 37
Wife to Chad - 39
Mom to Tom - 15
Nathan - 10
I don't know, i think the only solution would be to officially put a cap on these types of things and make it so that much money could never go to such a project. But football is so huge down there, i find it unlikely that that would ever happen.
I have no issue with this. Football stadiums are not used just for football, they are used for a lot of sports as well as community events. The taxpayers knew where the money was going and they approved it.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
I don't believe that. I think thats over the top and i think those voters are crazy, or simply another victim of our messed up football culture....this coming from someone who loves football.
Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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I believe it's wasteful. Allen is not far from where I live and I know that area is fairly new. It's growing rapidly, but I would think that they would be able to use that money for additional schools they are going to need to keep up with its growth. I think there should be a cap toward non essential, and I mean nonessential in comparison to having a school, which is essential. It makes me really sad. I know there are some school districts in the Dallas area that really needs money.
Mama to 5 Honey Bunnies
If it's main intent is to be used as something other than a HS football stadium, it shouldn't have been packaged as part of an education bond. Since football is such a huge deal there, I think it would have passed if hadn't been tied to an education bond.
Then again, maybe their intent was to get a bond passed for $60 million toward education and packaged it with a football stadium. If the choice is have a $120 million bond pass with $60 million going to a stadium or not having a $60 million bond pass sans stadium I guess it is a good thing.
FWIW I also think 60 mil for a new high school is really high too. But school around me are a lot smaller. Our high school is 4 grades serving 4 small towns and I think it is only about 700 kids.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
That's insane. Those people just anger me. 60 million dollars for a stadium? Gross. I hate football and see no use for it so that might be tainting my opinion though.
That is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on football... But, I also dislike football, so....
However, if the voters all think it is a great idea, so be it. Just don't complain about other lacks in the education system.