The state’s newest megastadium is set to debut.
The battle for supremacy in Texas high school football takes place each week on the field during the fall, but it also occurs off the gridiron as programs vie to create the most lavish stadiums possible.
And many are succeeding, including Spring.
Spring ISD will unveil Planet Ford Stadium for its first varsity game Thursday as Spring play’s Aldine Eisenhower at 7 p.m.
In the following weeks, Dekaney will play Aldine and Westfield will play Benjamin Davis at the stadium.
Then, on Nov. 12, a grand-opening celebration is planned, featuring fireworks, former NFL players and performances by all three high school bands, cheer and dance teams.
“We are extremely pleased to be opening Planet Ford Stadium this football season so our players and fans can see what an absolutely beautiful facility this is,” said Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney E. Watson in a recent press release. “I know the entire community has been anxiously awaiting for the opening date, so I’m hoping everyone will come out to cheer our teams as they close out the regular season.”
The new stadium features a low-glare turf field with seating for 8,000 fans, a state-of-the-art video scoreboard system and modern press box amenities.
Two special features of the project include the Randall Reed Center, a community room for up to 300 guests with options for catered meetings and events, and a memorial to honor the sacrifice of area service members.
The stadium was made possible by the district’s $330 million bond program.