$60 million buys an 18,000 seat high school football stadium. That's the price tag approved by the voters of the Allen school district for a new stadium for the Allen Eagles football team. The Eagles' first game in their new stadium will be Friday night against the defending state champion Southlake Carroll Dragons. Naturally, it's a sellout.
After the jump, what $60 million does not buy.
Apparently, $60 million does not buy any bike racks. That bike in the photo chained to the tree is the clue. There are probably several thousand parking spots for cars surrounding the stadium and nearby school. But if you ride a bike, you are left to find a tree to chain your bike to. And don't even think of bike lanes to get you safely around Allen High School's huge campus and across those acres of parking lots. I forlornly hope that somewhere there's an architect or school district administrator looking at the photo above and thinking, "hey, we forgot about bikes."
The people in the photo are waiting in line on Monday to buy tickets for the big game on Friday. The line extends about the same distance behind the camera. That building to the right is the indoor practice field, 50 yards of air-conditioned, weather-protected artificial turf. It's a shame they couldn't have added a few bike racks for real bikes to go along with all the stationary bikes in the grand weight room with picture windows overlooking the new football field to remind young athletes what they are sweating for. It's a nice athletic complex, alright, good enough to ensure that the Allen Eagles challenge for the state championship for years to come.