Texas School District Plans $70-Million Football Stadium After Rival District Builds One for $60 Million

Rendering of the soon to be built stadium for the McKinney Independent School District in Texas. The school district plans to break ground within a month on a nearly $70-million stadium — the newest competitor in a spend-off critics call a “stadium arms race.”(Credit: McKinney Independent School District)

Rendering of the soon to be built stadium for the McKinney Independent School District in Texas. The school district plans to break ground within a month on a nearly $70-million stadium — the newest competitor in a spend-off critics call a “stadium arms race.”(Credit: McKinney Independent School District)

On Fridays the football faithful gather, setting up grills and tailgating for hours in a vast parking lot before packing into the stadium built with rose-colored brick.

The high-definition video screen towering over one end zone magnifies their favorite players, and the three-tier press box offers a panorama of the field below.

The cost: $60 million.

The home team: The Eagles of Allen High School.

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Cheerleaders on the field of McKinney North High School before their homecoming game Sept. 8. The school district plans to break ground soon on a new stadium expected to cost $70 million. (Credit: Marisa Gerber / Los Angeles Times)

Cheerleaders on the field of McKinney North High School before their homecoming game Sept. 8. The school district plans to break ground soon on a new stadium expected to cost $70 million. (Credit: Marisa Gerber / Los Angeles Times)