Katy ISD deals with backlash of denied stadium bond proposal

KATY, Texas - As football fans, parents and players prepare to cheer at four different junior varsity championship games, all scheduled to take place in Rhodes Stadium on Wednesday night, Katy ISD officials say it's a prime example of why they wanted to build a new stadium.

With seven high schools in the district, Katy ISD is currently forced to schedule all activities, games and band competitions for those schools inside one stadium.

"Obviously we're disappointed. The voters have spoken we're going to move forward," said Steven Stanford, the Katy ISD spokesman.

If the $70 million bond proposal had been approved, Katy ISD planned to build a 14,000 seat stadium. It would have been located right next to Rhodes Stadium which seats about 9,700.

The new facility would have alleviated scheduling conflicts, but many voters and taxpayers were concerned about the price tag.

"They can play on the practice field, put more money into making the classes smaller, give them more projects. I voted no," said voter Kasie Depriest.

Another voter, Randy Richeda, said," Two games in one night, hey anybody can do that. They can always have one game on Monday, Tuesday, so forth. All they got to do is rearrange the schedule."

District officials say while they will do the best they can with what they have for now, they will eventually go back to the drawing board and ask voters to reconsider.

"We're just going to have to be flexible and be creative until we get a second stadium and getting those games scheduled in Rhodes. We know we know we need a second stadium at some point in the future," said Stanford.

Skeptics of the plan say they were concerned about location of the new facility and the price tag of the new proposed stadium.

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