A brand new 18,000-seater stadium for Allen High School is set to cost $59.6 million, which is just within budget agreed by Allen Independent School District voters last year.

The new high school football stadium will include 4,500 parking spaces, a video scoreboard and a two level press box with film deck and observation deck.

It will also include a weight room costing $1 million.

Tim Carroll, the public information director, said: "The cost may appear high to other parts of the country, but it compares to what people are doing here.

"It becomes an economy of scale. This facility will be used by the entire community."

The stadium will be built in a horseshoe-fashioned sunken bowl with wide concourses. The pitch will be an artificial surface.

Allen High School is one of the largest schools in Texas State and has an 800-plus member marching band, one of the largest in the country.

"The community supports our kids in everything: Football, baseball, basketball, band," Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. "It isn't just athletics. They really support us with everything we do.

"The new stadium has been discussed for a number of years and the bond was passed. We are very excited to get this project done and get in there and play."

Construction will begin 16 September with the venue scheduled to open in August 2012.

Posted on 26/08/2010