A new football stadium for Lamar Consolidated ISD could cost the district over $82.7 million, which would make it the second most expensive high school football stadium in the U.S.
The price of the stadium was included in a 2020 bond proposal by the LCISD community, which has a grand total of $762.1 million.
But Shannan Stavinoha, who represents the LCISD’s Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee, says that the initial price of the stadium could be lower than this price.
“I did not see a line-by-line detail of the big scoreboard with the costs and the press box would cost this much, the AstroTurf of costs this much as well as the locker rooms,” Stavinoha said to the LCISD board of trustee on Thursday. “There was not any that detailed given to us.”
But Stavinoha said that the initial price of a second football stadium is quoted by adding all the same facilities that Traylor Stadium currently has, including the similar capacity size, running tracks and number of restrooms.
“It’s a compare-and-contrast thing based on construction cost estimates with inflation estimates based on materials costs land purchases,” she said. “All of those things went into coming to a figure of what they estimate it could cost for the things that we need and would need to have an additional stadium.”
The idea of building a second stadium in the district came up as the 2017 bond was debated, but it was left out of that bond. Stavinoha said she was “vehemently and adamantly” for a new stadium back then, but because the district continues to grow at an extremely high rate, now is the time to begin plans for a new stadium.
“So that’s where I come to it from like. ‘Okay, we’re in this growth model, how we fix that,’” she said. “And how you make sure that we don’t have to tell a kid, ‘Hey, we don’t have enough capacity. So you’re going to have to play your home games at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land instead of right here in Richmond or Rosenberg.’”
In comparison, Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium, which opened in 2016, was priced at $72 million, the most expensive high school stadium in Texas. Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, adjacent to the Berry Center, was built by Cy-Fair ISD in 2007 to the tune of $69 million.
But Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, is the most expensive stadium in the country, built to the cost of $137 million. It hosts Ohio state championship games as well as the annual NFL Hall of Fame Game.
The decision to build a new stadium will now come to the LCISD board, which has until August to finalize a possible bond election in time to be put up to a public vote on the November ballot.