New Allen stadium to host 2013 post season football game
January 3, 2013 by Mark
The Allen Eagle Stadium will host the Texas v. the Nation All-Star game for the next five years. An 18,000-seat facility which was completed in August 2012, according to city leaders and officials from Allen Independent School District, the stadium was always intended to be more than just a football stadium. Superintendent Ken Helvey pointed out that ticket revenue has increased, along with an increase in sales on concession stands.
The Texas v. the Nation game takes place in February, originally starting in 2006. Each team has 54 eligible players who represent college football teams around America. More than 100 players have gone on to be selected in the NFL Draft and over 500 players have been signed to a team in the NFL. Kenny Hansmire, the CEO and chairman of the game became interested in the Eagle Stadium when it gained national recognition.
According to Allen, the hosting of events at the stadium will not recoup investment but brings investment into the local economy, with around $4m expected. Local companies will benefit from the attendance at events, including local print companies who will provide banner printing services. Mayor Steve Terrell says that the stadium will be used to host events both within and outside the world of sports. However, the FCS National Championship Game is in the last year of its existing contract. Although Allen is not actively pursuing the contract, which is currently held by Frisco, the Mayor said it would not be turned down.