McKinney ISD: Our stadium isn't the most expensive ever

McKinney ISD: Our stadium isn't the most expensive ever

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McKinney ISD: Our stadium isn't the most expensive ever

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A proposed new McKinney football stadium would be the most expensive in U.S. history, bypassing the ones built in nearby Allen and Katy (Photo: Twitter)

A proposed new McKinney football stadium would be the most expensive in U.S. history, bypassing the ones built in nearby Allen and Katy, though some argue that total relies on faulty math (Photo: Twitter)

Remember when we here at USA TODAY High School Sports  and others reported that McKinney ISD in Texas had passed a bond to fund a high school football stadium which would prove to be the most expensive in history? Well, apparently some aren’t taking too kind to that claim, predominantly those in McKinney itself.

As reported by the Dallas Morning News’ Avi Zaleon, McKinney ISD athletic director Shawn Pratt insists that anyone who claims his district’s stadium will bear a cost that surpasses the football temple previously constructed in Allen and set to come in Katy is failing to consider unreported costs from those facilities. Here’s how Pratt explained the misconceptions driving the cries of “Most Expensive Ever” in the direction of McKinney.

“Our stadium cost is $50 million,” Pratt told the Morning News. “Some of the stadiums around us, you know them by the construction cost of just building the stadium. We have some infrastructure where we’re going to have to finish the roads, bring water and sewer in and those places may not have had as much, but they’ve had infrastructure that’s not being counted in their cost. We try to be very transparent in the bond process that the stadium will cost us $50 million, but there’s an addition $12.5 million in infrastructure.”

What Pratt is getting at is the distinction between the construction cost of the physical facility and other connected ancillary costs that are still required before the facility can open and operate.

According to Pratt, neither Allen nor Katy accurately factored in those costs to their calculations when releasing the public “cost” of their facilities, logic that would make Pratt’s claim ring true. Yet, according to the Morning News, Katy built on a site that required no infrastructure upgrades, which would undercut Pratt’s argument.

So, is McKinney really on the verge of building the most expensive football stadium in history? Maybe, or maybe Pratt’s assertion is correct. Either way, no one is arguing that the district is on the verge of constructing a facility that will require at least $62.8 million of public funds. That is a whole, whole lot of money, no matter how you slice it.

Given other developments on Tuesday, McKinney isn’t exactly staying out of the news with stadium plans, announcing that the construction company which built the Cowboys’ new AT&T Stadium and Rangers’ Globe Life Park, Manhattan Construction, will be used to build McKinney’s new palatial digs. From the most grandiose NFL stadium to the most jaw dropping prep facility, the construction connection almost feels fitting, doesn’t it?

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