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Allen plays first game in new stadium

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ALLEN, Texas -

Kickoff for Texas high school football begins in a few hours. And many eyes are on Allen High School and its $60 million stadium.

The Allen Eagles are pumped up for their game against the Southlake Carroll Dragons.

On Friday night all 18,000 seats in the Eagles' new stadium will be filled. The game is sold out.

Everyone in navy and red will be there to support the home team and those in green and white will likely be checking out the $60 million spectacle.

Allen voters passed a bond issue in 2009. Half of the money paid for the stadium, while other funding was for a performing arts center and improved school facilities.

Aside from an increased seating capacity, the new stadium features a state of the art weight room, golf simulator and wrestling practice room below the stands.

It is expected to be self-sufficient, with all the money from ticket sales and concessions going back to the school.

But as grandiose as it might seem, there are four other high school stadiums in Texas bigger than the one in Allen.

The Eagles and the Dragons each have a state championship under their belt, but they are not in the same division.

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