In a move rivaling the megaprojects of the IOC and failed Olympic ventures, a powerhouse football program in Texas may be ultimately graced with a field of dreams.
While the Southwest is a region known for the fanatic tapestry of “Friday Night Lights” and the perpetual fanaticism of football on all levels, the funding mechanisms for the project and the ultimate costs, has gained certain detractors locally and on a national level. With the existence of the Cowboys and Jerry Jones and the monolithic presence of the University of Texas athletic department stamped on the world of college of sports, competition is fierce for the biggest and best in the prep ranks.
The proposed 12,000 seat stadium in Mckinney, a sleek and innovative venture on the level of a vaunted silicone valley start-up and graced with murals inspired by the Reformation and luxury box seats, was originally approved by residents to be funded by taxpayers at a discounted value of only $63.5 million. However, an additional luxury expense of $6.5 million was added to the cost, due to alleged shortages and conflicts with local concrete magnates. With the $70 million price tag, the prep stadium project 37 miles north of Dallas, just narrowly edged two other districts in the Longhorn State vying for the gold medal in the race for most expensive US high school sports construction projects of all-time.
With the football season just around the corner for amateurs and professionals alike, the search for a viable stadium sponsor is now the focus of the community, from the mascot to the coaching figurehead.
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