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Texas school asking community to vote for $70 million football stadium

Ben Rohrbach
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Voters will decide Tuesday whether the Katy (Texas) Independent School District will continue its plan to build the most expensive high school football stadium in history.

Katy ISD, home to one of the nation's 10 best football programs, has proposed a 14,000-seat stadium that would cost taxpayers $69 million as part of a larger $99 million bond project that includes an education center, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"We didn't do this to be the most expensive or one-up the guy next door," committee member John Eberlan told the paper. "We wanted a good conservative design that will serve the district for years down the road. This is about serving the entire district."

This "conservative design" would cost $10 million more than the 18,000-seat stadium built last year in Allen, Texas, which featured a $1 million, 38-foot high-def scoreboard. Allen was able to offset some of those costs with a series of sponsorship deals.

Precise details of Katy's proposed stadium, which would abut the current 10,000-seat facility built in 1979, haven't been made public, but the project will also feature a field house, weight rooms, covered concourses, an assembly area and offices for the athletic department, according to the Houston Chronicle report.

Obviously, opponents hoping to win enough votes to nix the bond project believe the cost is too high in an era when many school districts across the country are slashing budgets.

"A $69 million price tag for a second stadium is excessive on the backs of the taxpayers," Katy tea party member Cyndi Lawrence told the Houston Chronicle. "I think the people should vote it down and it should go back to the drawing board."

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