By Dennis Spellman, DSpellman@CoveingKaty.com
KATY, TX – Katy Independent School District Superintendent Alton Frailey disputes reports claiming the district wants voters to approve building the most expensive high school football stadium in Texas. The stadium project will cost $69.5 million if approved Tuesday.
“Very misleading and incomplete” is how Superintendent Alton Frailey describes reports in Covering Katy and the Houston Chronicle about the stadium being more expensive than one built in Allen, Texas in 2010. The $60 million Allen stadium is the current champion for cost.
When you compare the two projects side-by-side Katy’s proposal is nearly $10 million more expensive than Allen, and would have 4,000 fewer seats. Frailey says you can’t compare the two projects if you only look at cost.
‘”What Allen did not have to do is build in parking spaces. What Allen did not have to do is build a field house,” Frailey said.
The Katy proposal includes a field house and parking for the 14,000 seat stadium.
Frailey says Allen was able to utilize existing parking and did not build a field house. He says when you remove the cost for parking, and the field house Katy’s proposal is $13-million cheaper than the Allen project.
Frailey also says construction costs have gone up drastically since 2010. He says if you factor inflation the Katy plan is about $25 million cheaper than Allen. The inflation numbers were provided for Frailey by PBK Architects which built the Allen stadium and would build the Katy stadium should it be approved by voters next Tuesday.