Texas High School Football Stadium Price Tag Balloons to $70 Million
The price tag of one Texas school district’s high school football stadium and events center just ballooned to $70 million, making it, reportedly, the most expensive high school football complex in the United States.
The McKinney Independent School District announced late last week the costs to build their new high school football stadium jumped $7.1 million, bringing the stadium’s projected price to $69.9 million. Spokesman Cody Cunningham blamed the sticker shock on unexpected concrete and infrastructure costs, according to WFAA. He said: “From the time they first talked to contractors about price to when they got a firm bid, the price went up 50 percent.”
Breitbart Texas reported the McKinney ISD school board originally voted to spend $50.3 million of the taxpayers’ dollars on the 12,000-seat football stadium and events center, which will also host the school district’s soccer and lacrosse teams. Then, McKinney voters approved the stadium as part of a larger $220 million bond package, but it did not include everything. Instead of revisiting the taxpayers, district officials pulled an additional $12.5 million from an existing 2000 bond to cover infrastructure expenses, raising the stadium budget to a hefty $62.8 million, according to Community Impact.According to the McKinney Courier-Gazette, the district re-purposed bond monies earmarked for laptops and band equipment from the May 2016 Election. – READ MORE