Wild high school football stadiums in Texas

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Texas is known for its Friday Night Football and how much it values ​​the game of football. Stadiums around Texas are always packed with fans cheering on their teams, and cross-town rivalries are taken seriously.

Here’s a list of the wildest stadiums in Texas, which includes the biggest and most expensive stadiums and those that are home to the Lone Star State’s oldest rivalries. The stadiums on this list are in no particular order, they all made the list by bringing unique things to the table that make them a wild stadium.

  • RR Jones Stadium: El Paso

RR Jones Stadium was the first large concrete stadium in the country, opened in 1916 with a capacity of 12,000 seats. The stadium serves as host to El Paso, and the entire package costs $500,000. The school is known as “The Lady of the Hill” because it is located on a mountainside near the Franklin Mountains. It overlooks downtown El Paso and the border with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The school actually wraps around the stadium, with semi-circular steps leading directly from the pitch to the main entrance. They take up four city blocks when combined. Officials estimate that collecting the same package today would cost about $5 million. The National Register of Historic Places designated El Paso High, with its beautiful marble floors, as a Historic Landmark in 1980. General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing rode his horse into Jones Stadium to mark the end of World War I, and the first three Sun Bowl games were also played there. The stadium was restored to its original specifications in 1993 due to crumbling concrete.

  • Allen Eagle Stadium: Allen

Alan Eagles they have one of the most beautiful and one of the most expensive high school football stadiums that can hold up to 18,000 Eagles fans. The stadium is located in Collin County, where it has reports that residents have the highest median income in the state, and Collin County is one of the wealthiest counties in the country. Each year, approximately 7,500 reserved chair-back seats will be sold on a seasonal basis. Officials have also reserved 5,000 seats for visiting fans, 4,000 for Allen students and 1,000 for the school orchestra. Only 500 general admission tickets are available each week. Although it is only the fifth largest stadium in Texas, it will be the largest to be used by a single high school. The stadium also has locker rooms for the golf team and a venue for wrestling matches.

Ratliff Stadium has a capacity of 19,302 and has been called the Epicenter of Texas high school football by most people in the football community. Ratliff was built in 1982 for $5.6 million and is home to Odessa and Perm. Permian is a former national champion and the program has been featured in a book and the “Friday Night Lights” television show. The ticket booth has five windows, but demand is so high that it sometimes doesn’t open due to sellouts. It is not unusual for fans to form queues the night before the game.

  • Cy-Fair FCU Stadium: Houston

Cy-Fair FCU Stadium debuted in 2006 as part of the $80 million Berry Center project, making it the most expensive stadium in Texas. The Berry Center also features a theater and basketball arena. The stadium can hold up to 11,000 people on a Friday night and features a 17-room staff center, a 456-seat auditorium, a multi-purpose arena that can seat 9,500 people, and banquet and catering space. The stadium’s name was changed from The Berry Center to Cy-Fair FCU Stadium after the naming rights were sold to Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union.

Cy-Fair FCU Stadium |  Berry Center |  Cypress, Texas
Courtesy of Berry Center website
  • Memorial Stadium: Mesquite

Memorial Stadium, opened in 1977, is the largest high school soccer stadium in Texas, hosting some high school soccer games but primarily serving as the home field of FC Dallas. The stands don’t go all the way around the pitch and the press box is only on one floor, but it does have a video board and artificial turf. According to a news article, in 1977 Mesquite paid $2.5 million for the 20,000-seat stadium, which is just under $10 million in today’s dollars. However, the old stadium is being renovated. Mesquite approved $11 million in renovations earlier this year, including a new facade, larger restrooms and a new press box, which are expected to be completed by the 2015 season. The renovations also include three new elevators.

  • Tomball ISD Stadium: Tomball

Tomball ISD Stadium is one of the newest high school football stadiums in Texas, debuting in 2021. This stadium can hold 10,000 people on a Friday night with a view of perhaps one of the largest jumbotrons in Texas. This stadium also has a two-level facility that can accommodate up to 600 people. The tour doesn’t end there, there is also a conference center, sports locker/locker rooms, athletic training, kitchen and administrative areas for sporting events. The facility cost a total of $42 million to build in Houston.

Rogan field, named after Dr. JD Rogan, was built on top of an old cemetery, hence the name “The Graveyard”. The Rogans owned and sold the property to the school district in 1935 for $10. The people said to be buried there are Civil War veterans. In June 1935, the cemetery was turned into a football field. People around the community said most of the bodies had been removed from the site and strange things were allegedly happening, such as people falling by accident or uncovering human remains. The rogan field will remain a grass field due to the fact that grass fields require digging seven feet into the ground where there may be graves.

Munson Stadium is home to the greatest intercity rivalry since it was built in 1940. Denison and Sherman did not win back-to-back state championships. The rivalry dates back to 1901 and is believed to be the oldest rivalry in the state. Every year they hold a “Battle of the Axe” with the winner receiving the trophy until the next game. Bearcat Stadium and Munson Stadium are where they play. Being only a few miles apart, both are excellent places to witness the oldest high school rivalry in Texas. Munson Stadium recently welcomed a new jumbo video board in 2021.

Legacy of Katy Stadium is known as the most expensive stadium in Texas, but other stadiums that have higher prices also have added facilities for other sports. This $70.3 million stadium can seat up to 12,000 people and features a two-level press box, two concession stands on either side and huge locker rooms that can be divided into four rooms. This stadium tour isn’t over yet as it’s the most expensive, it also has a 1,500 square foot high definition scoreboard, band scoreboard and field house. The upper floor of the two-story press room houses a film deck and police command station, along with hospitality suites for corporate units, complete with flat-screen TVs and viewing decks. For more pictures from this stadium visit, here.

  • McKinney ISD Stadium: McKinney

Mckinney ISD Stadium is listed not simply as one of the largest and most expensive schools in the country. Mckinney ISD also decided to add Musco’s Total Light Control LED TM system, which could be considered the best fit for a football stadium. This stadium features custom optics and a factory designed to help deliver cleaner, more uniform light to the field, resulting in improved visibility. In addition, its patented visor used around the lighting fixtures reduces glare and spillage from affecting the homes of neighbors who have previously expressed concerns about the stadium lighting.

  • House Park Stadium: Austin

Austin’s House Park Stadium isn’t just on the list for the stadium itself, but for those who might want a combination of soccer and a beautiful skyline view. The skyline view alone is worth the price of a game ticket. The stadium is home to four local high school teams.

  • Eagles Stadium: Sanderson

The Sanderson Eagles The football stadium is not your average 11-man football stadium as it is home to a 6-man football team. This unique stadium made the list without the fancy press box, video board and ample seating with a capacity of 710 people. The location of the field is very interesting with some people who may like it and some others who may wonder where the 50 yard line is. The stadium was named the Pit and was built for flood control as it could be filled with water and floated after a rainfall. Not only did this stadium make this list, but it was also a runner-up in Dave Campbell’s Best High School Football Stadiums in Texas.

Courtesy of Sanderson Track and Field Twitter
Courtesy of Sanderson Track and Field Twitter

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