Katy Independent School District has finally broken ground on its behemoth of a new stadium, becoming the most expensive high school football stadium ever built in the country.
According to USA Today, the yet-to-be-named Katy ISD stadium will cost the district $61 million, slightly more than the $60 million Allen ISD spent to build Eagle Stadium.
When completed in 2017, the stadium will have 12,000 seats, a two-story press box, plenty of training rooms, a jumbotron and a field house. The second floor of the field house will remain empty for future expansion that will include a high school football hall of fame.
Katy’s new stadium was part of a $748 million school bond package approved in November, after voters turned down a different bond in 2013 that included plans for a $69 million stadium that seated 16,000.
The district’s rapid growth continues with Katy opening an eighth high school in 2017. Katy ISD will use the new stadium in conjunction with Rhodes Stadium, which was renovated in 2009. The two stadiums will be separated by a greenery space with plenty of parking and staggered start times for games to avoid heavy congestion in the region.