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New $48m stadium for Texas high schools

Prosper Independent School District (PISD) has completed the design of its new $48 million stadium/natatorium complex in Texas.

The 12,000 capacity stadium, designed by Huckabee Architects, will serve all PISD high schools when it opens in August 2019.

This project was approved and will be funded from the $710 million bond issue passed nearly 10 years ago, coming in with an approximate cost of about $48 million.

Prosper ISD’s new district stadium and natatorium complex delivers a state-of-the-art facility for the growing community.

The complex will be located to the west of Prosper High School and will be utilised for athletic, extracurricular and community programmes.

The home side features a split-level arrangement with 6,000 seats and a two-storey press box. Amenities include a multi-purpose space, press and scouting rooms, film deck, radio / TV box and kitchen.

A half-time facility and community room overlook the field on the north end of the complex. Up to 400 people can be seated in the space. The turf field is sized for competition football and soccer. Paved areas provide staging for half-time entertainment.

The natatorium is 34,000ft2 with a 16-lane competition pool, a four-lane warmup pool and two one metre diving boards. Spectator seating accommodates up to 500 people. The PISD said in a statement:

This project was scheduled to be constructed about seven years ago but the “economy” happened and growth at that time dictated the need to push out new schools.

Since we are not opening any new schools this year due to the uncertainty of public school funding, we have a window to insert these facilities that are needed and long overdue but do not carry any significant staffing costs as do schools. We have stretched the use of our existing stadium as far as possible given our growth.

Prosper ISD continues to grow about 100% every five years and is one the top five fastest growing school districts in the state of Texas out of 1,100+ school districts.

The PISD said it has designed a facility that will meet the needs of PISD for many years to come while engineering it in a way that comes in at price tag $15-20+ million less expensive than recent similar projects in the metroplex and across the state.

The natatorium will also serve multiple high schools and will be PISD’s first facility of this kind. To date, the PHS swim and dive teams have had to travel to neighbouring districts before 6:00AM each morning to practice.

Images courtesy of Huckabee Architects

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