Say what you will about professional teams shelling out big bucks to build monster stadiums. Say what you will about the need for revenue-generating streams such as club seating and luxury suites.
I read a report recently about a new stadium that caught me completely off-guard.
It's for a new football stadium for Allen High School. Yes, high school.
I know how huge high school football is in Texas. My uncle lives in Austin, and has told me stories of 25,000+ seat stadiums for the high school teams.
The current stadium in Allen, which is north of Dallas on US-75, seats 8,000 people. The new stadium, that the Independent School District (ISD) wants to build will seat 10,000 more than that.
But, there's a slight problem. It seems that there's a bit of a cost overrun issue.
The initial cost of the stadium was just a little over $53 million. The money came from a bonding bill that was passed last year. The Allen ISD figures that an additional $6 million will be needed to furnish the stadium and build a weight room.
Apparently, the stadium in Allen has gotten a little bit of attention. The Dallas Morning News said in a report that "sports blogs" (and perhaps, reports on Allvoices, like this one) have created a little bit of a stir about the issue.
One wonders if the Allen ISD will consider selling Personal Seat Licenses (PSL) to finance the remaining $6 million.