When and what was the original purpose for purchasing land next to the existing Rhodes Stadium?
The land was purchased because of its proximity to other District facilities after a rezoning to commercial for the land immediately north of Rhodes. The availability and rezoning led the Board of Trustees to act in order to assure no undesirable project was adjacent to our property.
Can you provide a list of potential activities, functions, etc. the two stadiums will be used for?
Varsity football games, soccer games/tournaments, marching band contests, concerts, youth football games, lacrosse, rugby, college football summer camps, community movie night, booster club meetings, parent meetings, banquets, staff development meetings, MS 150 start.
Please describe how non-athletes (i.e. band, a/v, etc.) benefit from the two stadiums.
This is addressed in two categories: (1) Support students – Live Action Media Broadcast students are given on-the-job training and are paid from the revenue brought in by the video board; bands and color guard are able to showcase their marching contest show in front of a large audience; dance teams are able to perform in front of a large audience; choir sings the National Anthem; cheerleaders perform cheers; student trainers tape athletes and provide ice; student managers film and help with keeping the team hydrated. (2) Spectator students – Student body is able to have a safe and enjoyable experience supporting their classmates in the list above; the students will not have to travel out of town to support their classmates; some will participate in Homecoming activities, Parent Night, Commemorations, Alumni recognitions, and other sport recognitions at varsity football games.
Is there an opportunity for privatization of the stadium?
The District always welcomes opportunities with businesses and the community. Currently, there are no private groups involved in negotiations with the District on the second stadium.
What is the economic benefit of building a second stadium?
Having a second stadium in Katy ISD will keep dollars in town and provides a revenue stream for the District. We also avoid travel and rental costs.
Why can’t the new high school(s) be built to handle games?
We do not own sufficient land or have sufficient land reserved with the developers to build a high school and a second stadium on the same site. We would lose the cost efficiencies and operational efficiencies of having a second stadium next to Rhodes Stadium. There would also be logistic and mobility issues associated with the event. Also, a second stadium on a high school campus would restrict the campus from having other events on the same night as a varsity football game.
What other District athletic venues, besides football, bring in revenue?
The only other District venue is the Merrell Center. It brings in revenue, but very little from sports. Most of its revenue comes from other sources such as shows and events. All team sports (besides football at Rhodes) on the jr. high and high school campuses bring in revenue.
Do we need natatoriums at every high school?
The District uses a comprehensive high school model which enables all high schools to have the same programs. As long as we continue with this model, natatoriums will be required.