What a splurge! McKinney Independent School District passes $63 Million on a High School Football Stadium.
The stadium will be one of the most expensive in the country.
Voters in North Texas approved, by 62 percent, a $220 million bond program on Saturday that included a little more than $50 million for a new 12,000-seat high school stadium and event center for the McKinney Independent School District.
The total price tag for the stadium and center: $62.8 million.
The district described the stadium as a multi-use facility with a 500-seat event center to be rented out for banquets and conferences. McKinney ISD also said that football, soccer and lacrosse games as well as band events would be held in the stadium.
The decision was not without controversy. Critics said taxpayers should not have to pump that amount of money into high school football.
“We’ve got a perfectly fine stadium,” one resident said.
The district’s current stadium seats about 7,000 but McKinney has more than 24,500 students. The stadium would be used by all three McKinney high schools.
Cody Cunningham, a district spokesman, said today the biggest misconception of the stadium deal was that McKinney ISD was “sacrificing” academic facilities or resources.
“In McKinney ISD, we have first-class schools, fine-arts facilities and now a multi-use facility,” he said. “If you come to our high schools, people may think our high schools are over the top. … We are not giving up anything in the classroom. … Families in the community expect to have great facilities and are willing to pay for them.”
He called the district “high performing,” inside and outside of the classroom.
“Our goal is to provide the same great opportunities for our students that our neighboring school districts provide for their students. Our community would not have supported these facilities if we were not also providing exceptional academic environments as well,” he said.
The stadium is expected to be ready in 2017.