After nearly two years of construction, the Legacy Stadium for Katy Independent Schools District (ISD) in Texas has opened.
At $70 million, Legacy Stadium, located on Katyland Drive, is the most expensive high school football stadium in the US.
The mega-stadium will hold 12,000 spectators, two concession stands on each side, two large female and male restrooms on each side and two locker rooms that can divide into four rooms for additional space.
The stadium will benefit the 77,000+ students currently enrolled in the District, as well as their families and other residents. It was part of a zero tax rate increase bond and will serve as an athletic and fine arts venue for Katy ISD schools.
It is anticipated that events such as football, soccer, marching band contests, concerts, youth football games, lacrosse, rugby, college football summer camps, parent group meetings, banquets, movie nights, and other community celebrations will take place at the stadium.
The name, Legacy Stadium, was announced by a community led naming committee who selected the name to pay homage to the District’s history of excellence and tradition.
The new Legacy Stadium is planned and built on adjacent land just north of the existing Rhodes Stadium. Together, the stadiums are designed to support both sports and fine arts activities.
The designers of the stadium are HKS and VLK Architects.
An open concourse, designed into the bowl, allows patrons to see the field even when visiting the concession stands or other amenities.
A 50ft tall, 200ft long perforated metal screen protects patrons from the western sun and
provides shelter during inclement weather. It can also be illuminated with color LED lighting to celebrate the home team.
Above the home stands is a signature press box with a unique tapered roof form that crowns the entire complex.
The venue also offers two hospitality suites with exceptional views of the field and the city beyond.
A state-of-the-art scoreboard, on the north end of the field, measures 60ft by 25ft.