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Thursday, October 6, 2011
High-powered Allen takes on Plano East as stadium opening looms

By By Mike Grimala and Brandon Parker

Allen Stadium
Allen's new $59.6 million stadium will be open in time for the 2012 kickoff.
Entering this season ranked No. 3 in the POWERADE FAB 50 and tops in the state of Texas, Allen (Allen, Texas) has lived up the hype by going 5-0 and maintaining its lofty spot in the rankings. The Eagles have been led by quarterback Alec Morris (1,357 yards, 19 touchdowns, zero interceptions) and a defense that is allowing just 11.2 points per game. They will look to continue this dominance tonight against Plano East (Plano, Texas) at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

Just as big as the Eagles’ play on the field is the huge stadium slated to open at the start of the 2012 season. For an idea of just how major this new stadium will be, here are some numbers that break it all down:

$59.6 million — Overall cost of the project. The money was allocated as part of a larger $119 million bond to upgrade the school, including an allotment toward building a new performing arts center. The bond was approved with 63 percent of a public vote in 2009.

5,250 — Current enrollment at Allen High School. There are 3,855 students in grades 10-12 in the main building, while 1,395 freshmen are housed in another building.

18,000 — Approximate seating capacity at the new stadium, which will be called Eagle Stadium. There will be an upper deck, a weight room, an indoor practice space, a training room and a giant video scoreboard.

Eagle Stadium
Eagle Stadium will house a weight room, indoor practice space, training room and a giant video scoreboard.
14,000 — Approximate seating capacity at Allen’s current stadium. Built in 1976, the current space can’t handle the crowds that come out for Allen games, forcing the school to erect temporary bleachers or just turn some fans away.

600-plusActive members of the Allen High marching band, making it the largest in the country. The stadium will also benefit the band, which will also use the new performance center.

1 — State championships won by the Allen football team. The Eagles went 15-1 in 2008, defeating Fort Bend Hightower (Missouri City, Texas) in the Class 5A Division I championship game.