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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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2012-08-08 05:45:12 PM  
fark poor people
 
2012-08-08 06:53:29 PM  
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.

// lives in Allen, didn't vote for it, but guess I get to help pay for it...
 
2012-08-08 07:05:05 PM  
i63.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-08 07:05:54 PM  
All of a sudden hear Explosions in the Sky.

Tim Riggins needs somewhere to play.
 
2012-08-08 08:13:26 PM  
High School football is big in Texas? Huh. Never knew that.
 
2012-08-08 08:21:20 PM  
Texas tag desperately needed.
 
2012-08-08 08:27:41 PM  

mitchcumstein1: All of a sudden hear Explosions in the Sky.

Tim Riggins needs somewhere to play.


Coach Taylor is disappointed, son. And he's just gonna leave it at that.
 
2012-08-08 08:39:17 PM  
 
2012-08-08 08:54:22 PM  
Funny. I am suddenly reminded of when I am reading about the Hohokam indians. There were ball courts in every village, ones that reminded the archeologists of ballcourts in Central Mexico where the Maya had large courts for games. It is thought the ballcourts were used for games and even for commerce.

Is this what we will be remembered for? Our ballcourts?
 
2012-08-08 09:04:06 PM  
Because paying to improve the school is Communism.
 
2012-08-08 09:14:43 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Funny. I am suddenly reminded of when I am reading about the Hohokam indians. There were ball courts in every village, ones that reminded the archeologists of ballcourts in Central Mexico where the Maya had large courts for games. It is thought the ballcourts were used for games and even for commerce.

Is this what we will be remembered for? Our ballcourts?


Weren't they the ones that beheaded the losers?
 
2012-08-08 10:08:00 PM  

GAT_00: Because paying to improve the school is Communism.


They've already learned the three letters that count. U-S-A. What more edumacashuns do they need?
 
2012-08-08 10:08:49 PM  
cdn.everyjoe.com
 
2012-08-08 10:10:31 PM  
Aren't these the same people who believe all taxes are evil? How do they expect to pay for a $60M stadium?
 
2012-08-08 10:12:31 PM  
Anyone notice the comment linking the Cleveland Browns Stadium?

"This is what a $290 million high school stadium looks like"

Epic.
 
2012-08-08 10:15:44 PM  
Check out the slide show at the bottom. The stadium has an indoor golf facility and a weight room. I'm surprised they didn't throw an indoor batting cage in also for the baseball team. That's a hell of a stadium. But when they approved this weren't they also planning on using this stadium for concerts and other events that would bring in revenue throughout the year?
 
2012-08-08 10:16:33 PM  
This why Mexico actually won. ye haw teaxass ye farking haw
 
2012-08-08 10:17:57 PM  
Priorities, people !

Like our new Marlins Park, which despite everything, is quite awesome. A boondoggle, but awesome.
 
2012-08-08 10:20:42 PM  

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


MAJICK BEANS from the anus of Rush Limbaugh (bbuh).
 
2012-08-08 10:24:04 PM  

downstairs: High School football is big in Texas? Huh. Never knew that.


Its why people in the north will never get how big football is in the south, during the 80s there were more fans at our local high schools football games than the braves and sometimes the falcons.

It helped the braves only had few thousand some nights.
 
2012-08-08 10:24:11 PM  
Dang, they have mine beat.

Although I recently learned they are finally renovating the high school itself, about 12 years after the multi-million dollar "entertainment center" for the stadium.
fark this toxic culture. this is why the other countries are thrashing us in the things that matter
 
2012-08-08 10:29:19 PM  

Lsherm:
Weren't they the ones that beheaded the losers?


Yep.
A severed head was sometimes used as the ball, too. Now there's something you can respect.
 
2012-08-08 10:32:46 PM  
"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.
 
2012-08-08 10:35:41 PM  

steamingpile: downstairs: High School football is big in Texas? Huh. Never knew that.

Its why people in the north will never get how big football is in the south, during the 80s there were more fans at our local high schools football games than the braves and sometimes the falcons.

It helped the braves only had few thousand some nights.


Not surprised at all about the Braves. We're talking about an MLB team that failed to sell out more than a few playoff games, IIRC.
 
2012-08-08 10:38:56 PM  
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.
 
2012-08-08 11:00:22 PM  
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?
 
2012-08-08 11:12:28 PM  
Keep government away from my medicare!
 
2012-08-08 11:24:56 PM  
Really surprised it wasn't Southlake
 
2012-08-08 11:30:35 PM  
Yet these same people will vote down the next property tax increase to keep the schools going, once again proving that democracy just doesn't work.
 
2012-08-08 11:42:20 PM  
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.
 
2012-08-08 11:45:48 PM  
3400 square foot screen? What does that even mean? Since when are screens measured in square anything? Is it 34 feet by 100 feet? That's big, but not compared to Jerry's big screen. Granted it's a high school, but it's stated that way to make it seem bigger than it is, because it's an odd way to measure it.

//going back to watching my 6 square foot tv.
 
2012-08-08 11:50:14 PM  
"If I owned Texas and Hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell."- William Tecumseh Sherman
 
2012-08-08 11:59:15 PM  

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.
 
2012-08-09 12:01:56 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: Dang, they have mine beat.

Although I recently learned they are finally renovating the high school itself, about 12 years after the multi-million dollar "entertainment center" for the stadium.
fark this toxic culture. this is why the other countries are thrashing us in the things that matter


The only thing that matters is GDP per capita and the general contentedness of the populace. Let everyone else study hard, we'll play sports and make movies.

/mostly joking
 
2012-08-09 12:06:36 AM  
In other news stupid uneducated people do stupid things. More after these messages from Chik-fil-a.
 
2012-08-09 12:10:47 AM  

Chariset: Really surprised it wasn't Southlake


Southlake just had theirs redone. And they win more.
 
2012-08-09 12:15:37 AM  

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.


Wow. That's obscene.

/do they still get to have a team play there if the state achieves it's patriotic God-given mission to make organized education disappear?
 
2012-08-09 12:17:27 AM  

zarberg: steamingpile: downstairs: High School football is big in Texas? Huh. Never knew that.

Its why people in the north will never get how big football is in the south, during the 80s there were more fans at our local high schools football games than the braves and sometimes the falcons.

It helped the braves only had few thousand some nights.

Not surprised at all about the Braves. We're talking about an MLB team that failed to sell out more than a few playoff games, IIRC.


That is blamed on the lack of attention they showed to the fans, jacking up prices or gouging us for just making the playoffs, then not moving the stadium to where most of the fans lived or even moving it where it would be accessible to our shiatty rail system to bypass the traffic which took an hour to move 3 miles. The place just looks empty now because it seats something like 50K and most buy cheaper seats which for some reason they spread out and makes it look more empty, their season ticket sales office is moronic as well. I once attempted to throw my money at them but after getting told I would have to pay more than what I agreed on initially, I said fine send over the new deal so I can sign it, the farkers were trying to charge me more than the tickets listed for on their site, when I asked them why they said it was for the "enhanced fan experience". I asked them if everyone gets this in those seats not just the season ticket holders and she said "oh of course, we feel every fan gets the best treatment even if they arent season ticket holders" I was silent for a few minutes and when she finally said "sir?" I simply said "so you expect me to let you fark me over on prices when I could just buy this ticket every day for a cheaper price?". I almost laughed when she said "thats the charge to make sure you have a seat reserved". Its not a surprise to me that the stadium is half empty most nights, it used to be more fun to go when 3K would show up and we could move seats but now if you even dare to move one row down to give some room to those near you they will call security to have you thrown out if you dont crowd back into your row.

By the end of it, I just said to cancel my order completely. I would rather watch them on TV than deal with that bullshiat.
 
2012-08-09 12:29:01 AM  

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.


USA! USA! USA!

/ugh, sometimes...
 
2012-08-09 12:29:57 AM  

GAT_00: Because paying to improve the school is Communism.


Likewise, using tax dollars to make sure people don't die from easily preventable and/or treatable medical conditions is Socialism.

/and don't you DARE use MY tax dollars to give an abortion to that 12-year-old SLUT who had the AUDACITY to get raped at knifepoint by her father and wound up getting pregnant with a child who has anencephaly and thus will most certainly die within 3 days of being born! It's her own fault for having sex outside of the context of Holy Matrimony™, so she must endure that punishment bestowed unto her by God™ for committing that sin.
 
2012-08-09 12:41:52 AM  

ongbok: Check out the slide show at the bottom. The stadium has an indoor golf facility and a weight room. I'm surprised they didn't throw an indoor batting cage in also for the baseball team. That's a hell of a stadium. But when they approved this weren't they also planning on using this stadium for concerts and other events that would bring in revenue throughout the year?


Because nothing says "revenue stream" like "2 luxury boxes and tens of thousands of bleacher seats."

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. The reality is that I highly doubt they would ever get anything like the revenue to justify that thing, unless it's used as a megachurch on Sundays, thus generating a double-whammy of stupidity.

Texas - it's like a whole 'nother country. A third-world country, to be sure, but the slogan's still accurate.
 
2012-08-09 12:57:04 AM  
Can we give Texas back to Mexico?
 
2012-08-09 01:54:55 AM  

FormlessOne: ongbok: Check out the slide show at the bottom. The stadium has an indoor golf facility and a weight room. I'm surprised they didn't throw an indoor batting cage in also for the baseball team. That's a hell of a stadium. But when they approved this weren't they also planning on using this stadium for concerts and other events that would bring in revenue throughout the year?

Because nothing says "revenue stream" like "2 luxury boxes and tens of thousands of bleacher seats."

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. The reality is that I highly doubt they would ever get anything like the revenue to justify that thing, unless it's used as a megachurch on Sundays, thus generating a double-whammy of stupidity.

Texas - it's like a whole 'nother country. A third-world country, to be sure, but the slogan's still accurate.


Never said that it was a good idea and would pay for the stadium quickly, just saying that was part of their justification to doing it. But actually if done correctly they probably could bring in enough revenue from other events to pay off the stadium in 10 years, but being Texas and a school board they wouldn't be able to do it right and in fact it would probably end in a huge corruption filled clusterfark.
 
2012-08-09 01:55:23 AM  
What, no free clinic for the cheerleaders? They are just begging for an STD epidemic.
 
2012-08-09 02:19:59 AM  
 
2012-08-09 02:29:55 AM  

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


Through a $119M bond. The way bonds work, of course, is that instead of the government taxing rich people, rich people tax the government. So there's always a big expensive PR campaign behind bond initiatives. The investors behind this boondoggle probably convinced a plurality of voters that all the revenue from four home football games a year plus the occasional country music jamboree will be enough to pay off the principal and interest. When this doesn't happen, they'll have another vote to raise taxes to pay off the bond, but this time the voters will give the district a mandate to fire teachers instead, so nobody's taxes will go up and everybody wins.

/except, of course, the students.
 
2012-08-09 02:38:36 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?


This is America damnit, suck it up and go make some money for those who created your job or die.
 
2012-08-09 03:36:37 AM  

sparkeyjames: In other news stupid uneducated people do stupid things. More after these messages from Chik-fil-a.


How is this stupid? Texans have shown education is wasted on them.
 
2012-08-09 03:47:03 AM  

cretinbob: fark poor people


Best Places to Live
16. Allen, TX
Allen
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 16
Population: 84,000
Compare Allen to Top 10 Best Places
This town is a 30-minute drive from downtown Dallas, so it's no surprise that many residents work in the big city.
When not at the office, they have plenty to do right at home; Allen has a symphony, a ballet, malls, and even its own minor league hockey team.
Parents appreciate the top-rated school system and low crime rate. Their children appreciate MTV-featured "The Edge" -- one of the largest outdoor skate parks in the nation. --J.S.
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/snapshots/PL4801 92 4.html
the median income in that town is $100k. not sure there are poor people for you to get outraged about.
 
2012-08-09 03:52:37 AM  

mitchcumstein1: All of a sudden hear Explosions in the Sky.

Tim Riggins needs somewhere to play.


Haha Explosions in the Sky... great reference... Oddly enough I watched Friday Night Lights today
 
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