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$60 million Dallas high school football stadium completed

This is what $59.6 million can buy you. Allen Eagle Stadium, an 18,000-seat high school football stadium — partially funded from a $119 million bond package approved by voters in 2009. The stadium features a sunken-bowl design, video scoreboard, multi-level press box, weight room, wrestling room, and an indoor golf facility. (AP photo)

Allen Eagle Stadium holds up the cliche that everything is bigger in Texas. Allen High School’s new football stadium seats 18,000 people and cost $59.6 million to construct.

The stadium was part of a $119 million bond passed by 63 percent of voters in the suburban Dallas school district in 2009.

It’s not all about football — the stadium has indoor golf and wrestling facilities, too, and part of the bond funded a performing arts center.
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Prep football: Five things to watch this weekend

Preps: Five Things to Watch

1. Tacoma’s oldest rivalry

Tacoma’s oldest rivalry renews when the Stadium Tigers invade Lincoln Bowl. For decades, dating back to the early part of the 20th century, the teams met on Thanksgiving Day and played in front of crowds that grew as large as 20,000 spectators. Those days are long gone, but bragging rights are still popular and plenty will be at stake in the nonleague contest.

2. New duties for Lakes’ Dozier

After watching Lakes senior David Wood throw for 192 yards and six touchdowns last week, while two-year starting quarterback Cedric Dozier

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Football: Optimism running high at Stadium

A year ago, I never would have considered hitting Stadium High School while making the rounds at prep football practices in the South Sound, let alone on the first day of the season.

This year, there’s reason to believe the Tigers will be competitive.

“We’re very optimistic,” said Stadium coach Jess Nelson, who’s entering his fourth season. “We’re in year four now. All the player know me and my staff and our philosophy and our systems. Every year we have goals and those have been building. It’s going to be a real great breakout season.”

Stadium football coach Jess Nelson instructs a player during the 2009 season at practice.

The Tigers have plenty of reasons for their optimism. For the first time in more than a decade, Stadium scored more points than it allowed in 2009. The Tigers ended last season with a pair of shutout victories over Auburn Mountainview and Shelton. After losing close games — contests Nelson believes the team should have won — to Wilson and Lincoln, Stadium reeled off confidence-boosting wins over Foss and Mount Tahoma. The Tigers even hung with Narrows League powers Olympia and South Kitsap before falling in those games.
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