(PEGASUS NEWS) — A nearly $60 million high school football stadium in North Texas has opened with a pep rally and introduction of the 2012 team.

Thousands of fans turned out Thursday night to see Allen High School’s new Eagle Stadium. Allen opens the season August 31 by hosting Southlake Carroll.

Voters in 2009 approved a $119 million bond package that included the 18,000-seat high-tech stadium. The venue replaces a 14,000 seat complex in the community about 20 miles northeast of Dallas.

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