Texas HS to open $60M football field of dreams

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ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A wealthy Dallas suburb is preparing to christen its new $60 million high school football stadium replete with 18,000 seats, a towering upper deck and a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen. 

Allen High School will have to take down defending state champions Southlake Carroll Friday night if it's to open its new stadium with a win. 

While other school districts are struggling to retain teachers and keep classroom sizes down, Allen voters approved a $119 million bond issue that pays for the stadium and other district facilities. 

Officials defend the stadium as a community centerpiece. Allen previously had to use rented bleachers and portable toilets at its old stadium. 

Players say they're excited to run onto a field that compares favorably with many college stadiums.

The Associated Press

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