The McKinney Independent School District in Texas recently got 63 percent of taxpayers' support on funding a $62.8 million, 12,000-seat high school football stadium. It's one of the priciest high school football stadiums in the nation. This new stadium for McKinney, located about 20 minutes outside of Dallas, is the latest in a Texas high school football stadium arms-race of sorts. It beats out a $60 million, 18,000-seat stadium recently built in Allen, Texas, and the $62.5 million stadium in Katy that's expected to open in 2017.
Class discussion: What do you think of spending $60 million and more to build big stadiums for high school sports? How many students get any benefit from the big stadiums? What about college stadiums? When it comes to the really “big sports” at colleges are the athletic programs designed to help student athletes or provide entertainment for spectators? School athletic programs help students who enjoy sports or are athletically gifted. Should schools spend the same for athletics as other programs like music or art that only appeal some groups of students? What does your school spend on different activities?
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