The new football stadium for the Allen Eagles. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

ALLEN (AP) – 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 Aug. 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.

The new stadium has artificial turf, a two-tier press box and a towering video scoreboard.

Classes begin Monday at Allen High School, which last year had enrollment of nearly 4,000.

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