When word leaked out in 2009 that the citizens of Allen, Texas, were going to spend nearly $60 million on a football stadium, it made national news.
The recently completed Allen I.S.D. Stadium is a source of pride in the local community and the finest high school football facility in the country.
It opened on Aug. 31, 2012 with a matchup between the Allen Eagles and the defending Texas 5A state champion Southlake Carroll Dragons. Allen shut out the Dragons, 24-0, in front of a record crowd of 22,000 that included 4,000 standing-room-only spectators.
Allen had never beaten Southlake before that night. It seemed appropriate that the Eagles pulled off a tremendous upset on the opening night of a stadium that redefined what high school stadiums could be.
Allen, which values the educational experience of its children, is willing to spend money to enhance that experience. That commitment is evident in this stadium.
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