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(Deadspin)   18,000 seats, two luxury suites, a 3,400 square foot HD JumboTron, $60M cost paid by taxpayers who voted for it in a landslide. Welcome to high school football in Allen, Texas   (deadspin.com) divider line 101
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2012-08-09 06:43:38 AM  

czei: Aren't these the same people who believe all taxes are evil? How do they expect to pay for a $60M stadium?


I think it might be paying for things that dont benefit them they find evil.

/ and no, the whole state of texas is not republican, moron.
 
2012-08-09 07:07:01 AM  
The article stated the stadium as 2 luxury suites?

WHO THE HELL GOES TO A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME AND WANTS TO WATCH IT FROM A LUXURY SUITE?!!
 
2012-08-09 07:33:38 AM  
How many of the players can read?
 
2012-08-09 07:48:56 AM  

foo monkey: How many of the players can read?


Potato.
 
2012-08-09 07:50:41 AM  

largedon: With all the money they're saving on school textbooks now that all they use is the bible, they can afford the important stuff like this stadium.


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2012-08-09 07:57:27 AM  

Barracuda: I've seen probably close a dozen fark headlines on this stadium in the last couple weeks. Guess now that it's close to being finished it's big news again.


This is the first one I've seen, but I don't usually hang out in the Sports tab.

60 million? Really? I went to high school in Texas. Our football field was a field with a couple of goalposts and some wooden bleachers. We played our big rivals at Rice Stadium once a year. We kicked their asses consistently.

One year they decided to chant something about SAT scores back at us. Our feelings were hurt.

Yeah, their average SAT score was better than ours.

$60 million on a stadium though? That's just crazy. I'd be surprised if the wooden bleachers where I attended high school even cost $5000 and it was a fairly well off school. To spend even $100,000 would be way over the top in my opinion. To spend 60 times that is absolutely insane.
 
2012-08-09 08:31:17 AM  
I'm sure they build crazier high school hockey arenas in Canada.
 
2012-08-09 08:41:05 AM  
My high school field in Massachusetts is about 80 years old now, with ruts in the grass in some spots. Stone wall across the front, 12-row-high concrete bleachers on both sides that don't go past the 25s (only to the 45s on the road side), and we're mostly sure the field isn't even 100 yards. (Sure never felt like it.)

It's still probably a better place to play than this. And all that got them exactly one more current NFL player than we currently have in our alumni roster.
 
2012-08-09 08:55:03 AM  

the_coach5040: Can we give Texas back to Mexico?


No, let them secede. Doubt Mexico would want them anyway.
 
2012-08-09 09:00:21 AM  
I really need to stay away from the internet, find a nice cozy rock, set up a hammock and swing away - this shiat is just maddening.
 
2012-08-09 09:05:38 AM  

foo monkey: How many of the players can read?


Just as few as the other students. This, is, after all, Texas. I hope the scoreboard includes a guy yelling the info out for the illiterate fans.
 
2012-08-09 09:15:18 AM  

raisedbycupofcoffee: The article stated the stadium as 2 luxury suites?

WHO THE HELL GOES TO A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME AND WANTS TO WATCH IT FROM A LUXURY SUITE?!!


Depends on what you classify as "luxury suites". My old school district (Park Hill in Kansas City, North) has a stadium with luxury suites. The Rotary Club or Chamber of Commerce or some other organization will often rent one out for a game. However, they're nothing terrifically fancy, and that stadium is the only one for football in the district, which has two high schools. You would never get a $60 million stadium bond passed by the voters there, period.
 
2012-08-09 09:16:20 AM  

the_coach5040: Can we give Texas back to Mexico?


says the guys from NJ...
 
2012-08-09 09:22:07 AM  
As a Texan I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED!! I tell You

images.morris.com

/that thier high school stadium is bigger
 
2012-08-09 09:37:07 AM  
...and the glorification of high school students continue in this country, soon it will become like the NCAA if this continues. I played for a high school team where we were in the lower classes (small schools), stadium only fit around 600-700 at the most, and the field was dusty most of the time. I appreciated that experience, and this is almost like the NFL for some of these schools.
 
2012-08-09 09:52:47 AM  

Walker: Texas Forever tag desperately needed.


FTFY and Tim Riggins
 
2012-08-09 09:58:36 AM  
Lapse educational standards
Economic crisis
Fundamentalists trying to take over our country...
Screw it, let's build a giant high school football stadium

img805.imageshack.us

/quick and dirty
 
2012-08-09 10:24:03 AM  
I'm heading out to Texas next month specifically for this reason: Football! My best friend lives outside Dallas and the Junior High School football stadium is bigger than any high schools in the state of Colorado and bigger than CU Boulder's stadium. We're gonna watch a High School football game on Friday (at this very stadium), then TCU on Saturday, then the Cowboys vs. The Bucs on Sunday!

A whole freaking weekend of Texas Football. Life is gonna be pretty sweet (and expensive) that weekend.
 
2012-08-09 10:38:15 AM  

StrangeQ: Lapse educational standards


Lax?
 
2012-08-09 10:40:18 AM  
That is gonna provide some sweet memories for a class full of Waffle House employees in a few years.
 
2012-08-09 10:47:56 AM  
And if this town had spent the same amount of money on an opera theater, everyone would be raving about how wonderful a place it was being so committed to arts and culture. Fact is, a football stadium accomplishes the exact same thing.
 
2012-08-09 10:53:25 AM  

Cataholic: And if this town had spent the same amount of money on an opera theater, everyone would be raving about how wonderful a place it was being so committed to arts and culture. Fact is, a football stadium accomplishes the exact same thing.


Opera leads to long-term concussions, illiterates being given a sense of entitlement, and sophomores getting knocked up in the parking lot afterward?
 
2012-08-09 10:55:04 AM  

fatalvenom: I'm sure they build crazier high school hockey arenas in Canada.


no they don't. turns out most places separate education and athletics.
 
2012-08-09 10:56:58 AM  
Well with all those cuts in education I will have a job for the rest of my life.
That place cost probably more than all the high school stadiums in the county I live in.
I remember when I was back in high school they made a big stink about us getting ligths in the the stadium. Funny thing was at the first game they were used there was a big brawl and someone got hit in the face with a 2x4. There were no night games for 2 years.
 
2012-08-09 11:11:47 AM  

Happy Hours: $60 million on a stadium though? That's just crazy. I'd be surprised if the wooden bleachers where I attended high school even cost $5000 and it was a fairly well off school. To spend even $100,000 would be way over the top in my opinion. To spend 60 times that is absolutely insane.


You know how I can tell you played football and sucked at school?
 
2012-08-09 11:20:35 AM  
Hell, Schaefer Stadium cost only $7 million.

/yeah 1970 dollars
//came complete with high school type scoreboard
 
2012-08-09 11:22:17 AM  

Tellingthem: "which is mind-boggling to someone whose 3,000-student high school didn't even have a home field."

Which is mind-boggling to someone whose entire town was as big as that high school...and we were the biggest town in the county.


Which is mind-boggling to someone whose high school had 69 students, and therefore had to play in an eight-man football league. Entire town had 525 souls.

My first thought was "My god, that's beautiful".
 
2012-08-09 11:23:37 AM  

Ow My Balls: I wonder what kid in that district, with psychological needs not being met due to underfunding, will end up on Texasstan's death row in a few decades?


Does it matter?


FOOTBALL!!!!!
 
2012-08-09 11:35:27 AM  
Dear Allen,

You have finally arrived. Congratulations to you for becoming the new Plano/Odessa-Permian.

/That's a helluva' facility, though.
//Played a road game at Ratliff Stadium in the 80's while in high school & thought that place was a mostrosity.
 
2012-08-09 11:43:48 AM  
I love how stupid you anti-football people are.

Pincy: ChrisDe: From the HuffPost article:

Allen Eagle Stadium's construction continued even as Texas lawmakers cut the state's education funding by $4 billion, reducing all school district tax rates by about one-third in 2006. By the 2011-2012 school year, Allen was facing a $4.5 million budget shortfall and was forced to cut 44 teaching positions and 40 support positions through attrition and voluntary buyouts.

Yep, pretty much what I expected. Good thing you don't need to be that smart to play football.


Of course, the reason for the $4.5 million shortfall is that the STATE cut $21 million in funding. The county actually voted to increase their own property taxes to make up as much money as they could (with 60%+ voting to increase the taxes), but they still had to trim $4.5 million.

Then again, no one has any interest in actually representing the whole truth, not when outrage is so much easier to manufacture when you only show a portion of the truth.

FormlessOne: The rationalization for pushing a $119 million bond to pay for this $60 million monstrosity, even as that same school district is firing teachers & support staff due to budget shortfalls, is that it could, in theory, possibly generate revenue.


I assume you're equally pissed about the $59 million from the same bond that was spent on such useless things as an auditorium for the fine arts and a service center for the district. Oh, no, wait, you're pissed because money went to football, even though several sports will have facilities within the stadium. It's a district where the average student scores about 100 points higher than the average student in the state on the SATs and, as was mentioned earlier, is a very affluent suburb.

But hey, keep on up with your ignorant outrage against something you perceive as ignorance.
 
2012-08-09 11:56:36 AM  

IAmRight: I love how stupid you anti-football people are.

Pincy: ChrisDe: From the HuffPost article:

Allen Eagle Stadium's construction continued even as Texas lawmakers cut the state's education funding by $4 billion, reducing all school district tax rates by about one-third in 2006. By the 2011-2012 school year, Allen was facing a $4.5 million budget shortfall and was forced to cut 44 teaching positions and 40 support positions through attrition and voluntary buyouts.

Yep, pretty much what I expected. Good thing you don't need to be that smart to play football.

Of course, the reason for the $4.5 million shortfall is that the STATE cut $21 million in funding. The county actually voted to increase their own property taxes to make up as much money as they could (with 60%+ voting to increase the taxes), but they still had to trim $4.5 million.

Then again, no one has any interest in actually representing the whole truth, not when outrage is so much easier to manufacture when you only show a portion of the truth.


But yet they still went ahead and built this massively expensive football stadium when they couldn't even make up the shortfall as you just pointed out. So they still put a football stadium ahead of actual education. This is supposed to make us all feel better how?
 
2012-08-09 12:11:05 PM  

Pincy: But yet they still went ahead and built this massively expensive football stadium when they couldn't even make up the shortfall as you just pointed out. So they still put a football stadium ahead of actual education. This is supposed to make us all feel better how?


You're right - they should stop the construction of the facilities in the middle of it. That way they can have spent tens of millions of dollars on something and not end up with a finished product that can earn them revenue. All just out of respect, ultimately, since you can't siphon money from bond projects to other things legally.

If you guys would think about how real life actually works instead of just citing numbers that seem significant with no context, you might be better off.
 
2012-08-09 12:15:18 PM  

raisedbycupofcoffee: The article stated the stadium as 2 luxury suites?

WHO THE HELL GOES TO A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME AND WANTS TO WATCH IT FROM A LUXURY SUITE?!!


It's Texas, man.
 
2012-08-09 12:46:05 PM  

IAmRight: Pincy: But yet they still went ahead and built this massively expensive football stadium when they couldn't even make up the shortfall as you just pointed out. So they still put a football stadium ahead of actual education. This is supposed to make us all feel better how?

You're right - they should stop the construction of the FOOTBALL facilities in the middle of it. That way they can have spent tens of millions of FOOTBALL dollars on something and not end up with a finished FOOTBALL product that can earn them FOOTBALL revenue. All just out of respect, ultimately, since you can't siphon money from FOOTBALL bond projects to other FOOTBALL things legally.

If you guys would think about how real FOOTBALL life actually works instead of just citing numbers that seem FOOTBALL significant with no context, you might be better off.


FOOTBALL!!!!1!1!!1!
 
2012-08-09 01:42:19 PM  
What are we to do with this dump?!

www.permianpanthersfootball.com

If we had only made it bigger...
 
2012-08-09 01:56:27 PM  

IAmRight: Pincy: But yet they still went ahead and built this massively expensive football stadium when they couldn't even make up the shortfall as you just pointed out. So they still put a football stadium ahead of actual education. This is supposed to make us all feel better how?

You're right - they should stop the construction of the facilities in the middle of it. That way they can have spent tens of millions of dollars on something and not end up with a finished product that can earn them revenue. All just out of respect, ultimately, since you can't siphon money from bond projects to other things legally.

If you guys would think about how real life actually works instead of just citing numbers that seem significant with no context, you might be better off.


No, they should have never built it in the first place.
 
2012-08-09 02:11:59 PM  

Pincy: No, they should have never built it in the first place.


See, if you just freely admitted it's because you're a bitter twat instead of pretending it was to the detriment of education in the area or in any way a reflection on their education, then I wouldn't have had to shoot down all your fake arguments to strip them away from you.

If the people vote to pay for a stadium and pay for it, why the hell shouldn't they have one? Again, I presume you're also against the performing arts center they also financed, right? After all, that cost tens of millions and appeals only to a niche audience. I'm just wondering if you're a bitter twat because it's football-related or if you're a bitter twat because you hate when people can vote to fund projects that don't interest you.
 
2012-08-09 02:29:42 PM  

IAmRight: Pincy: No, they should have never built it in the first place.

See, if you just freely admitted it's because you're a bitter twat instead of pretending it was to the detriment of education in the area or in any way a reflection on their education, then I wouldn't have had to shoot down all your fake arguments to strip them away from you.

If the people vote to pay for a stadium and pay for it, why the hell shouldn't they have one? Again, I presume you're also against the performing arts center they also financed, right? After all, that cost tens of millions and appeals only to a niche audience. I'm just wondering if you're a bitter twat because it's football-related or if you're a bitter twat because you hate when people can vote to fund projects that don't interest you.


I have no problem with football or athletics in general. I have a problem with spending an exorbitant amount of money on it. Just because a majority of voters passed it doesn't mean it wasn't a bad idea. I'll be impressed when they vote for another property tax increase for schools next year because they are in the red now. Ya, right.
 
2012-08-09 02:55:11 PM  

Pincy: I'll be impressed when they vote for another property tax increase for schools next year because they are in the red now.


They voted for the property tax increase for schools because they were in the red this year, thanks to the state reducing funding. Oh, it doesn't count when they do things like that. They have to keep adding to their taxes, just to prove it to you, though, right?

BTW, bleacher seats go for $10. 18,000 seats times, say, six games a year, and you're banking over $1 million just on your home football games. Throw in the other sports, tournaments that will pay to use the stadium, and it can actually pay itself off. Rich people spend lots of money on fancy things they don't need. Welcome to Earth and how it's been since humans existed.
 
2012-08-09 03:30:09 PM  
Texas - A pioneer in voting against their own economic interests.
 
2012-08-09 03:38:21 PM  
Ashamed of my old high school in a way. I know that the bond had more than the stadium, it also covered a top notch performing arts center.

But there is one part of the story I haven't seen covered. Allen has had, for quite a while (25+ years), one of the best high school marching bands in the state. Back when I went there, people would leave after halftime (i.e. after the band played). We had a large share of the student body who were involved in one way or another. Looks like that is still the case with ~700 kids involved, according to wikipedia.

All that being said, I would rather the money dumped into academics and scholarships. Imagine if they endowed a 60 million dollar scholarship fund instead? That would be pretty damn awesome.
 
2012-08-09 03:42:18 PM  

Pincy: IAmRight: Pincy: No, they should have never built it in the first place.

See, if you just freely admitted it's because you're a bitter twat instead of pretending it was to the detriment of education in the area or in any way a reflection on their education, then I wouldn't have had to shoot down all your fake arguments to strip them away from you.

If the people vote to pay for a stadium and pay for it, why the hell shouldn't they have one? Again, I presume you're also against the performing arts center they also financed, right? After all, that cost tens of millions and appeals only to a niche audience. I'm just wondering if you're a bitter twat because it's football-related or if you're a bitter twat because you hate when people can vote to fund projects that don't interest you.

I have no problem with football or athletics in general. I have a problem with spending an exorbitant amount of money on it. Just because a majority of voters passed it doesn't mean it wasn't a bad idea. I'll be impressed when they vote for another property tax increase for schools next year because they are in the red now. Ya, right.


so quit liking what I don't like in a place I don't even live in.
 
2012-08-09 04:25:29 PM  

A Fark Handle: fatalvenom: I'm sure they build crazier high school hockey arenas in Canada.

no they don't. turns out most places separate education and athletics.


Fatal is a dumbass/troll.
 
2012-08-09 05:37:03 PM  

RyansPrivates: Imagine if they endowed a 60 million dollar scholarship fund instead? That would be pretty damn awesome.


I feel like if the median income is $85,000 and they're voluntarily raising their own taxes to make up for the state's lack of funding, they're not going to need $60 million worth of scholarships.
 
2012-08-09 05:54:12 PM  

Happy Hours: $60 million on a stadium though? That's just crazy. I'd be surprised if the wooden bleachers where I attended high school even cost $5000 and it was a fairly well off school. To spend even $100,000 would be way over the top in my opinion. To spend 60 600 times that is absolutely insane.


/FTFY
//some math involved
/\ /\ wigwams
 
2012-08-09 05:54:35 PM  

mattador: the_coach5040: Can we give Texas back to Mexico?

No, let them secede. Doubt Mexico would want them anyway.


Yeah, that must be why millions of Texans emigrated to Mexico.
 
2012-08-09 06:01:13 PM  

IAmRight: RyansPrivates: Imagine if they endowed a 60 million dollar scholarship fund instead? That would be pretty damn awesome.

I feel like if the median income is $85,000 and they're voluntarily raising their own taxes to make up for the state's lack of funding, they're not going to need $60 million worth of scholarships.


85k is a pretty good income, no doubt. But I know from first-hand experience, there are a lot of kids that come from families with 50k or less in Allen. 50k or less for two kids isn't a slam dunk for college by any stretch. I still think it would be cool if they did it, but they won't because socialism. It Texas after all.
 
2012-08-09 09:03:50 PM  

Happy Hours: Barracuda: I've seen probably close a dozen fark headlines on this stadium in the last couple weeks. Guess now that it's close to being finished it's big news again.

This is the first one I've seen, but I don't usually hang out in the Sports tab.

60 million? Really? I went to high school in Texas. Our football field was a field with a couple of goalposts and some wooden bleachers. We played our big rivals at Rice Stadium once a year. We kicked their asses consistently.

One year they decided to chant something about SAT scores back at us. Our feelings were hurt.

Yeah, their average SAT score was better than ours.

$60 million on a stadium though? That's just crazy. I'd be surprised if the wooden bleachers where I attended high school even cost $5000 and it was a fairly well off school. To spend even $100,000 would be way over the top in my opinion. To spend 60 times that is absolutely insane.


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We're gonna be your boss someday!

/Geekschool grad
 
2012-08-09 11:35:19 PM  

FARK in FL: Happy Hours: $60 million on a stadium though? That's just crazy. I'd be surprised if the wooden bleachers where I attended high school even cost $5000 and it was a fairly well off school. To spend even $100,000 would be way over the top in my opinion. To spend 60 600 times that is absolutely insane.

/FTFY
//some math involved
/\ /\ wigwams


You are correct - and I apparently are not good at math. 60 times as much was mind boggling enough for me. 600 times as much - well, since I can't do math and I estimated my high school stadium couldn't have cost more than $5000 because all it consisted of were wooden bleachers and a couple of of goalpost what does that actually make it? 20 times 600? That's like a brazilian or something.
 
2012-08-10 04:09:12 AM  

RyansPrivates: nd had more than the stadium, it also covered a top notch performing arts center.

But there is one part of the story I haven't seen covered. Allen has had, for quite a while (25+ years), one of the best high school marching bands in the state. Back when I went there, people would leave after halftime (i.e. after the band played). We had a large share of the student body who were involved in one way or another. Looks like that is still the case with ~700 kids involved, according to wikipedia.

All that being said, I would rather the money dumped into academics and scholarships. Imagine if they endowed a 60 million dollar scholarship fund instead? That would be pretty damn awesome.


Speaking as someone who was part of the Allen Escadrille, back in the late 90's when it was huge upset that we didn't make it to state, 700 people is ridiculous.

As for the whole hick stereotype, judging by my Facebook friends from the old Allen High. There's at least two Allen High graduates charging ridiculous rates for their legal knowledge, and a couple of nerds with CS degrees working for MS spamming pics of their kids.
 
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