According to latest reports, a pro-stadium group wants to spend $63 million on the construction of a high school football stadium.
Voters in McKinney, Tex., have given the go-ahead with the plans after months of contentious debate in the suburb north of Dallas.
Even though Mike Giles, a leader of Grassroots McKinney opposed the plan and added that:
“We‘re kind of like the poor boys on the block
“They look down and they see Allen. Allen has a really nice stadium.”
Jennifer Gray, the chairwoman of Vote for McKinney’s Future, a pro-stadium group insisted saying:
“Down South, football is a really big deal, and playoff football is a really big deal.”
The proposed 12,000-seat facility and an attached events center would be just the latest in a growing list of supersized high school stadiums in Texas. The McKinney project has frequently been compared to the $60 million high school stadium in nearby Allen. With seats for 18,000 people, the Allen stadium has nearly the same capacity as Madison Square Garden. Another school stadium under construction in Katy, outside Houston, will have 12,000 seats at a projected cost of more than $62 million.
Ms. Gray, who said she did not care “a thing in the world about football,” said she had been persuaded that the stadium would prove an economic boon by attracting regional tournaments and other events.
“Thousands and thousands of people coming into our city and spending their money here in our city,” she said.
The district plans to have the stadium ready to host the first kickoff in 2017 even as many residents felt that McKinney, with a population of about 160,000 and growing, needed a stadium to match its ambitions as destination city.
In pushing the project, district officials projected that the number of high schools there could triple in the coming decades. This led to a polarized vote with nearly two-thirds of McKinney residents endorsed a $220 million school bond measure that included plans for the stadium, along with a number of renovations and other projects.