HOUSTON – Voters will decide if the Katy Independent School District will be building a new $68 million high school football stadium.
At the Katy Barber Shop, where photos of championship teams line the walls, it may not be football season yet, but they’re already talking about it.
“With all the schools coming out here and all the growth, there’s no more Friday night lights,” said barber Angel Lopez. “It’s Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday too. You’ve got seven high schools trying to play their football season in one stadium.”
He’s talking about Rhodes Stadium, where the state champion Katy High School Tigers also play.
“The players are used to getting out in the heat, but I’m not sure the fans are used to sitting in aluminum seats in August,” said Coach Gary Joseph. “You talk about 120 degrees on the field, but it’s 130 in the stands, so it’s hot. There is a great need for it.”
He said there’s a great need for the $68 million proposed stadium that will be voted on in a November bond referendum. It would be built next to Rhodes Stadium, so two games could be played simultaneously.
Some residents have raised concerns about traffic, but the district points out the complex would be surrounded by three four-lane roads, all of them with access to major thoroughfares. What’s more, the games would be staggered.
“So you’ll be able to get one set of fans in. After they’re in the seats and the game is started, then you’ll bring the other fans in, and they’ll get their game started,” said Katy ISD spokesperson Steve Stanford.
Perhaps most importantly, the school district, which already owns the land in question, says taxes won’t go up.
“This is a very high growth area,” said Stanford. “We have residents moving here every day, and that really adds to the tax roll.”
If voters approve, the 14,000 seat stadium could be completed by Fall of 2015.