Monday, September 03, 2012


Does it make sense to spend more than half of a $119 million school bond package for a new high school football stadium?

In Texas, football is king! In the state’s smaller school districts, Friday nights are reserved for football. In the large districts, it’s Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. So it figures that Texas would have some impressive high school football stadiums. The city of Allen can boast of having one of the finest stadiums in the United States.

Allen is a northern suburb of Dallas with a population of about 85,000. In 2009 the idiot voters of Allen passed a $119 million school bond package which included building a new $60 million football stadium. That’s right, $60 million dollars for a new football stadium.

The new Allen Eagle stadium was finished in time for the start of this year’s football season. It seats 18,000 spectators. It has a major league multi-level press box. And get this – it has a 50 yard-long weight room.

To me it just does not make any sense to spend $60 million on a new high school football stadium, especially during economic hard times. While football is king in Texas, in Allen football seems more like God.

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