OT - New High School football stadium in Texas cost $72 million to build

I saw this on the news this morning and was amazed that something this size was built for high school.. I think my HS stadium holds a total of like 1500 people.

$72 million Stadium in Katy, Texas

A small town in southeast Texas unveiled its brand-new $70 million high school football stadium, the most expensive high school football venue in the country -- for now.

Legacy Stadium in Katy, with a population of about 14,000 people, will be able to seat 12,000 spectators.

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Small town? Ive been to Katy there is no way its only 14,000 people. Andy Dalton played for Katy as well.

Right? The population number is a bit misleading if you ask me. Katy is right outside the fourth largest city in the United States by population. Per the article, the stadium will serve multiple high schools outside the town of Katy as well, 8 in all. I'll bet when you take the population of the area being served by all 8 high schools, the capacity of the stadium makes more sense.

I believe most of those schools being 6A which is huge.

I live in Katy, and the "city" is indeed huge. Eight area high schools, probably about 3,000 students ave. (Google Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes or Katy HS if you think I'm exaggerating.) The small town of Katy controls all the money for the surrounding (affluent) county, and builds ridiculous facilities for their benefit all the time.

So I'm not alone in my disgust of this monstrosity to football obsession. The teachers here are some of the worst-paid in the country, considering the wealth of the school system. Most are on yr to yr contracts for about $25k per yr; pretty abysmal for teachers with a masters degree and experience.
The teachers in the area practically fight to get into the school system though, because the nearby Houston schools are practically juvenile prisons.

And that's all I have to say about that. (Cue the Forrest Gump meme.)

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No way teachers make 25k even though I do agree all teachers are underpaid in the state because I work in special education. State minimum is 28k. Yea and Katy is no small town, basically is just another part of Houston.

Yeah that's a really misleading statement. Katy is a suburb of Houston, and we all know the cliches about football in Texas (which, of course, are 100% true).

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That's almost as big as the Liberty stadium we'll be traveling to in a few years

The thing is, Liberty has the donors and the endowment to build something as big as Lane if they wanted to. For as much as folks dog on Liberty, they are able to get donors to give them money to make the leap from DI-AA to DI-A and to build the facilities to support it. They recently completed an indoor football practice facility and an indoor track facility, with continual improvements happening to support their athletes.

Think what you may, but they are pumping some serious money into their athletics programs. And they have deep pockets supporting them.

Yep. And to add to this, they're already planning to expand the stadium. I don't know the dates off the top of my head, but I think it'll be expanded rather substantially by the time we play at Liberty.

and the division 1a level hockey rink they had built on campus as well...for a club hockey team.

How much money does Liberty have? I understand that they make a good bit of money from their massive online program, but I kind of find it hard to believe that they have such a large donor base where they can build up to the size of Lane.

I'm still pretty disappointed that we're scheduled to play them in the future; seems like we are doing them a favor when it comes to getting their program more exposure.

They have more than you can imagine. WAYYYY more. They built a indoor football practice facility that rivals VTs. They built an indoor track facility that is like the football facility. At the end of 2016 they were in the middle of a 500 million dollar expansion project that I'm sure is already funded.

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They will lose some, or might have in the past, with the crackdown on online payments to schools from the military and public safety agencies. The question is does their donor base keep up in the long term when they won't find success at the FBS level especially without a conference.

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Their donor base has nothing to do with athletics or athletic success. The baptists will continue to funnel millions into Liberty even if they go 0-12 until Jesus comes down himself and tells Jerry Jr to pull his head out of his ass.

EDIT: I realize that came put harsher than I had originally planned. They will go 1-11 the years they play LOLUVa.

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Yup. I completely agree. I think it was last year as well where they had so much money left over where they gave lynchburg at least half the money for a wards Road project. They can't spend their money fast enough.

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I wish they would be a damn tutoring center and use all the potential teachers flooding out of there to help under privileged kids. Since LU students have to complete service hour each semester, at least give them a take of what they are to expect.

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If Lynchburg City schools are still as great as they were 20 years ago when I lived there, this would be a terrific thing. I'm sure Amherst, Bedford, and Campbell counties could use the help too.

They have a reported $1.05B endowment. Compared to Tech's $925M endowment. $125M difference.

There are folks how literally give them a bunch of money on the condition that it is used within 5-10 years. It can be used for whatever project Liberty needs it for, just as long as it's used.

oh yeah?! well... when I played HS football in a town of 8,000 we raised 12k for lights in less than a year. So pretty much the same.

Just the shear size of the stadium with probably bring people in to see the biggest high school stadium in country

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Liberty may not hold 12,000. LMAO!

We will get stuck on the right side! How is the screening for booze?

Where is Lawson?!

Currently seats 19.2k

By the time we play, they will have expanded it to 25k

To put that in perspective, it'll still be 5k less people than Wallace Wade's capacity in Durham.

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Let's be honest, though. 25k is still a really pathetic stadium for football.

And I just checked, Wallace Wade seats 40k.

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Scott Stadium seats 61,500, but less than 25K show up for games. So I guess that's really pathetic for football, too.

I've been to several SMU football games which holds 32k. Tailgating scene is legit but the atmosphere inside the stadium is lethargic.

So this high school will have more people at their games than Miami and LOLUVA put together...

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I have a little more than $72 in my bank account

ironic becuase i'm looking at record players to buy this morning

sounds like something I would do.

New or used?

New because I'm a snob but inexpensive because I'm cheap

hence the ~$72 bank account

Haha gotcha. I've got my grandfathers old Pioneer PL-200 that is pretty decent with an upgraded cartridge. Can usually be found for $30-40ish online. You can find some decent used AT tables for a good price online too.

Its because the 60 million dollar stadium they built a few years ago was found structurally unsound, and closed indefinitely.

Money to blow I guess.

I believe that was in Dallas

I would think for $72 million, you could build a stadium that could seat at least 25,000. Guess $72 million doesn't go as far as it used to once you add in the private suites, club boxes, and video screens.

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So when are we going to set up a home-and-home?