Get A First Look Inside $70 Million Texas High School Football Stadium | TODAY

Get A First Look Inside $70 Million Texas High School Football Stadium | TODAY
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NBC’S BLAKE McCOY IS THERE. HEY, BLAKE. GOOD MORNING.>>Reporter: GOOD MORNING TO YOU. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS LIKE A RELIGION FOR MANY YEAR IN TEXAS. THE LATEST SHRINE TO THE SPORT JUST OUTSIDE HOUSTON WOULD PUT MANY COLLEGE STADIUMS TO SHAME. THIS MORNING, WE TAKE YOU INSIDE. EVEN IN A STATE WHERE EVERYTHING IS BIGGER, THE COST OF THIS NEW HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STADIUM IS MAKING HEADLINES. THE PRICE TAG, A STAGGERING $72 MILLION. THE MOST EXPENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL STADIUM IN THE COUNTRY, COSTING MORE THAN MANY COLLEGE STADIUMS. THERE’S ALSO AN ELEVATOR. THIS IS LEGACY STADIUM IN KATY, TEXAS.>>WE OFFER FINE ARTS GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES, AS WELL AS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS.>>Reporter: IT INCLUDES SEATING FOR 20,000. A LARGE EVENT SPACE OVERLOOKING THE PRISTINE FIELD AND LUXURY BOXES FOR CORPORATE SPONSORS. QUITE A VIEW FROM UP HERE.>>GREAT VIEW.>>Reporter: THE $72 MILLION WAS MOSTLY PAID FOR BY KATY TAXPAYERS, MINUS A FEW MILLION THAT WAS MADE BY SELLING THE NAMING RIGHTS. KATY MAY BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE. BUT IT’S HARDLY THE ONLY STADIUM IN TEXAS WITH AN EYE-POPPING PRICE TAG. CROSS-STATE RIVALS IN ALLEN, TEXAS, HAVE A $60 MILLION STADIUM. AND IN McKINNEY, THEY’RE SPENDING 70 MILLION BUCKS FOR A STADIUM UNDER CONSTRUCTION. HOW MUCH OF THIS IS KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES OR KEEPING UP WITH THE FELLOW TEXANS?>>IT’S GOING TO SERVE A THOUSAND KIDS ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT.>>Reporter: LANCE HINT, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF KATY SCHOOLS, POINTS OUT THAT EIGHT HIGH SCHOOLS WILL SHARE THIS STADIUM.>>THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS IS PROBABLE THE SMALLEST PORTION HERE, VERSUS THE BANDS, THE DRILL TEAMS, THE CHEERLEADERS.>>Reporter: WITH EIGHT FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS, KATY IS A TOWN THAT MEASURES ITS PRIDE ONE YARD AT A TIME.>>WE FEEL PREPARED TO REPRESENT THIS BELOVED COMMUNITY, THIS FRIDAY NIGHT, AND EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT.>>Reporter: THINK “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.”>>HE MAKES THE CATCH.>>Reporter: JANET CARVES OUT A SECTION OF HER ANTIQUE SHOP FOR KATY TIGERS GEAR.>>WE HAVE THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PROGRAM. WHEY NOT HAVE THE BEST STADIUM TO GO WITH IT.>>Reporter: AT THE BARBERSHOP NEXT DOOR, TEAM PICTURES LINE THE WALL. THIS IS THE MOST EXPENIVE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STADIUM IN THE COUNTRY. HOW DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?>>PEOPLE WANTED IT. WE DON’T THINK WE NEEDED IT THAT EXPENSIVE. ♪♪>>Reporter: ANY SKEPTICISM ABOUT COST WAS PUT ASIDE FOR A DEDICATION CEREMONY THURSDAY NIGHT. IF TEXAS IS A STATE OF MIND, HERE, FOOTBALL IS A WAY OF LIFE. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS IS A SCALED-DOWN VERSION OF WHAT THEY WANTED TO BUILD. TAXPAYERS VOTED DOWN THE ORIGINAL PLAN. BUT WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY FROM

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