Football

Ground broken on America's most expensive high school football stadium

The groundbreaking for the nation’s most expensive high school football stadium has taken place and now the construction begins on the new venue in Katy, Texas.

The $61 million price tag tops the $60 million spent by Allen to build Eagle Stadium.

The new stadium in Katy is scheduled to open in 2017 and will seat 12,000 people. The stadium was approved as part of a $748 million school bond package approved by voters in November.

Some highlights:

  • Design plans show the new stadium situated on a 58-acre tract north of Rhodes.
  • Two-story press box
  • Several training room
  • Jumbotron
  • Field house that is drawn to occupy 12,000 square feet of the complex.
  • The second floor will remain empty for future expansion and will include space for a high school football hall of fame.
24 comments
PogChamp
PogChamp

Funny how they like criticize us when these new sports facilities only take up less than 11% of the total $750 million bond, with the rest all going to new schools, renovation, and expansion. I graduated from Katy Taylor a few years ago, and as a recent grad, am completely amazed at how much money goes into improving the school system.


-They built 2 new high schools and over a dozen middle and elementary schools just in the span of my 4 years in high school in the district.


-My school alone had a brand new performing arts center built the year before I entered, a brand new freshman center, and massive renovations to the labs, classrooms, and infrastructure in the old part of the schools for my final two years.


-The district is in the top 10th percentile for state testing. Top 25th percentile for SAT, and ACT testing, not just in the state, but the entire nation.


- The district spends more money on fine arts than most districts do on core curriculum. And it shows, we have some of the best fine art programs you can find.


-Our teachers get paid well above the national average and have higher retention rates.


This is barely factoring in the district's yearly operating budget of another  $780 million that allows teachers and students to not go wanting for funds, supplies, and opportunities. But the district decide that not only do they want the best for their students, employees, and community, but also its athletes, and people go crazy?  And the reason they want to keep the old stadiums is because, with seven high schools, they want to allow two games in one night, so the field can be open for other things like fine arts, the rest of the weekend. I was in marching band, and we had to abstain from multiple events because either the stadium was taken. or we couldn't go because we had to preform at a game at a certain time. It adds flexibility to not only our sports program, but also our fine arts programs.


They are doing all this, with a bond, that doesn't even affect the school tax rate. Katy ISD is getting it done, and instead of criticizing them, others should follow their lead.

iTeachBio
iTeachBio

I teach at Longview High School in Longview, TX and I'm excited about the stadium for their entire district. This is what their tax payers wanted so kudos to them! Let's just hope they didn't get the same contractor that Allen ISD used! In Texas it's all about football but academics in Katy are not falling short either! Those kids are performing well in all areas! Congratulations Katy ISD! Those that are complaining haven't done their research!

JackColton1
JackColton1

I'm always fascinated by the differences of one place in the US vs another. We have dozens of high schools here in Vegas and I'd never in million years care to go to even a single football game at any one of them. Like, it wouldn't even be on the radar. In 13 years of living here, I think I've heard of one person I know going to one of them...once. Katy on the other hand, builds the equivalent of a collegiate level stadium because it's THAT big of a deal there (and I don't doubt that it is). 

5gentexan
5gentexan

It's not a very impressive stadium at all.  Wonder why they are spending that much or are they being duped?  It just looks like every other high school stadium in Texas.

lhpoulin
lhpoulin

If you can afford that for your football program, I'd like to see your federal matching funds for education go back to pay for those less fortunate.

rwilleby
rwilleby

@5gentexan Our community didn't want fancy, just a nice place to call home...


$47m on the stadium... $11m on the parking lot... $3m on offices, a maintenance building, student drop-off and security lighting... 


$61m in 2016/2017 dollars... Allen would be closer to $80m in the same timeframe...


$47m for a 12k seat stadium and field house is a good price point... It will meet our communities needs...

MarcieImpastato
MarcieImpastato

@lhpoulin That's the beauty of America. The voting taxpayers can choose to spend their money how they see fit.  Katy residents do plenty for those less fortunate, believe me. If they want to use some of that to build a second stadium/fine arts complex that will be enjoyed by Katy's residents, then that's great!

EvanScott
EvanScott

I wanna say that we the voters did not approve this. 4 different times it was brought to vote and overwhelmingly shut down. Then they snuck it in to a new bill with new computers for schools and people didn't read the whole bill and weren't told about it so they voted yes for computers and got blind sided when they said the stadium was passed and would start before anything else.

rwilleby
rwilleby

@EvanScott Actually we did... It was only "Snuck in" if your head was stuck ten feet underground... Everything about the bond - TV, newspaper, internet - was about the stadium and very little about the other 93% of the bond...


And the stadium did not start before anything else... The first projects out of the gate were a high school, two junior high's and two elementary schools... Then the comprehensive renovations, updates and retrofits...


Facts are a buzz kill... http://www.katyisd.org/sites/bonds/Pages/default.aspx

JoeGreenwell
JoeGreenwell

They will never have 12.000 people for a district football game!  They have to have some regional and districts playoffs EVEN THEN IT WILL NEVER OPERATE IN THE BLACK.  Regardless to the lies that people are told there are only a handful of high school teams that are ever in the black!  They do not break even so how can the funds support other sports.  Cost accounting will prove this every time.

5gentexan
5gentexan

@JoeGreenwell You obviously live nowhere near Katy.  They are rabid fans and it goes generations deep.  They plan weddings and births around football season.  Yes, borderline insanity and most outside of the Katy city limits just shake their heads - it's sort of sad. They  get in line for a game 3-5 hours early and then fight each other for decent seats or sit on the grass.  yes, it's a bit silly, but they fill a stadium with 20k at playoffs and easily 10-15k during the season (if it's a big game).  They do bring in a lot of money to the district but their priorities are a little messed up.  I love football but, some of these kids coming out of high school all over the nation are really not that bright - time to work on education a little.

LauraJohnson96
LauraJohnson96

Here is Rhodes during one of the biggest rivalry games in Katy ISD. Both sides completely sold out, including kids sitting on the grass in the end zone.

MarcieImpastato
MarcieImpastato

Exactly, @LauraJohnson96. For Katy HS homecoming games, latecomers have to buy tickets on the rival side just to be able to get into the stadium. And they DO! :) 

DavidLangston
DavidLangston

You've apparently never been to a Katy High School football game.

KatyisAmazing
KatyisAmazing

@JoeGreenwell Gosh JoeGreenwell, you definitely have never been to a Katy Tigers game.  It will be packed top to bottom, standing room only.  



mikest00
mikest00

@JoeGreenwell Sorry Joe, but you have no idea what you are talking about. When I moved to Katy 10 years ago I walked up to the stadium to buy a ticket to a football game and couldn't get one. It was a mid season game that was sold out and I also found out that MOST of the seats are bought by season ticket holders. I had no idea that high school football had season ticket holders.

LauraJohnson96
LauraJohnson96

You are taking about a school district that puts out serious high school football teams, including one that now has 8 state championships and holds the record (with Ceder Hill High School) for one of the largest crowds ever drawn to a high school football game.

jamesdhall3
jamesdhall3

@DavidLangston Amen brother. I don't think @JoeGreenwell has an inkling of the popularity of Katy football. We just bought in KISD and we're fine with the tax rate because not only will the stadium be great but the academics of Katy are exemplary.

Tiger momma
Tiger momma

The writer got a few things wrong. The price is for build out of second floor fieldhouse. The Allen stadium was $60 mil for stadium ONLY. Katy stadium is for stadium, parking lot and fieldhouse . Apples to apples is Allen $61 mil to Katy $42......

Details....ughhh

Momandteacherof4
Momandteacherof4

Hello!! Don't forget fine arts!! The number and caliber of band competitions that will be held here will be huge revenue!!

LivingInKaty
LivingInKaty

Seriously, 42 mil for a stadium and 11 mil for a parking lot but you say the stadium is only 42 mil?!? Lol! Build that stadium without a parking lot!! Hahaha!!! 53 million for a little over 2,000 more seats than Rhodes. Insane!!! Right next door to another football stadium? So now we have 2 stadiums. Are there going to be games simultaneously?? Come on! It won't work and then we will be paying to raze Rhodes and build another somewhere else. Totally goofy!!!!