KATY, Texas -- Katy Independent School District voters will decide on whether to pay for a new high school football stadium with a $69.5 million price tag.
The school district's current stadium is 34 years old and was built when there were only three high schools in the area. Now seven schools must share it, and school officials say the time to build a new one is now.
When its game day in Katy, the Tigers can roar with the best of them, but the defending state champs share their aging facility with six other football teams.
School officials say the district has outgrown it. They want voters to approve the sale of bonds to kick off construction of the 14,000-seat stadium.
Asked about critics concerns that is a luxurious, kind-of-out-of-control stadium, John Eberlan, a project committee member, said: That's not what we've designed -- not at all.
So what is what they've designed?
We told the architects that what we needed was a stadium that would pass, and so we needed to present to the community a reasonable, conservative construction, Eberlan said.
Surprisingly, one of the plan's loudest critics is in the stands. Cyndi Lawrence is a local tea party leader. Her son -- a junior high school quarterback -- could eventually play in the proposed stadium.
It comes out to be $5,000, almost $5,000 per seat, Lawrence said. At 14,000 seats, I have real issue with that price tag. It's outlandish and I think the taxpayers are starting to realize its way too much.
Other Texas cities haven't shied away from big budget stadiums. Two years ago, Allen, Texas, built a $59 million, 18,000-seat stadium for the Allen Eagles. It has a state-of-the-art scoreboard, 42 concession stands, and 192 public toilets.
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