A nearly $60 million football stadium with seating for 18,000 will showcase high school athletes in north Texas.
Groundbreaking was planned Thursday on the sunken-bowl designed venue for Allen High School.
Allen Eagle Stadium will include a two-tier press box, video scoreboard, weight room, wrestling practice room, plus an indoor area for golf practice. Additionally, there will be a Wall of Honor plaza and a large video scoreboard. (See the complete specs in this .pdf from the Allen ISD.)
The field, which will be covered with a synthetic turf system, will be only about 15 feet below ground level.
Voters in 2009 approved a $119 million bond package that included the stadium, to be finished by July 2012.
Athletic director Steve Williams expects "full houses" at the new site, which will replace a stadium that seats 14,000. The new facility was designed by PBK Architects and will be built by Pogue Construction.