If you thought Texas high school football stadiums couldn’t get any more lavish or costly, just wait. Katy Independent School District (ISD), located just west of Houston, has a new $72 million sports facility that has broken the record set by McKinney ISD last year.
Officially named “Legacy Stadium,” the new facility supplants McKinney ISD’s $70 million 12,000 seat facility (which is still under construction) as Texas’s most expensive high school sports venue. This dubious honor was previously held by Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, which seats 18,000 and cost $60 million. The new stadium will host eight Houston area high school football teams when it opens.
The Katy ISD school board voted to approve “Legacy Stadium” as the name for the new $72 million facility. School officials agreed to name the field inside the stadium after longtime Katy High School coach Mike Johnston. Johnston coached at KHS for over 20 years and led the team to three state championships.
The name announcement came after the school district signed a 10-year sponsorship contract with Academy Sports & Outdoors, which will recoup just over two million dollars for the school district.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the sporting goods giant supplied Katy’s naming committee with a large binder full of possible names such as “Tradition Stadium” and “Katy Prairie Land Stadium”.
Last year McKinney ISD made national headlines when word got out of plans to build a $70 million stadium. The project even caught the attention of the folks at Comedy Central’s Adult Swim, which reportedly referred to Texans as “asshats” for approving such a sum.
Katy ISD originally approved the plan in 2014.
“I don’t want to belabor the 2014 bond and where we are in the cost,” Superintendent Lance Hindt told the Chronicle. “I believe when the stadium opens, that all of that will be a distant memory because the community will rally around … the stadium. Legacy Stadium was something that was needed for our students and district.” Hindt wasn’t at Katy ISD three years ago when the costs were approved.