Children’s Health Stadium, the brand new $53 million dollar home of the Prosper High School’s football squad, officially opened its doors to the community and school district prior to Saturday’s Meet the Eagles event.
After the ribbon was officially cut, the Prosper band, Talonettes and cheerleaders entertained Eagles fans as they found their seats prior to the Meet the Eagles ceremony.
Once all 4,000 in attendance were seated the fall sports teams were introduced — volleyball, swim & dive, cross country, tennis, Talonette dancers, cheer squad and lastly football. The night ended with a large fireworks show. The first home ballgame for the Eagles on their new turf will be held against Rowlett on Aug. 30.
Prosper ISD Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations Greg Bradley shared his excitement over the new stadium.
“It’s pretty awesome to see it finally come to fruition,” Bradley said. “It’s been at least two years of planning and meetings, so to see it finally happen is great … it’s rewarding to see the kids enjoy it.”
Prosper ISD Director of Athletics Valerie Little echoed those sentiments of excitement.
“It is very exciting,” she said. “I am not an emotional person, but right at the end when you realize it’s finally done and it’s finally over, it’s very emotional. It’s emotional for our kids to have something this nice.”
The stadium will seat 12,000 total and boasts the largest video board of any Texas high school stadium, which includes the one at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The Dakatronics scoreboard stands 57 feet by 63 feet and is accompanied by 100 yard video banners adorned on both the home and away stands.
In addition, the stadium will have state-of-the-art athletic training equipment, such as a portable X-ray machine, which will be housed in the stadium for Friday night games. That will allow athletic trainers to confirm fractures and other injuries mere minutes after they occur. Prosper is now the only high school with an on-site X-ray machine in Texas.
Little said she believes the community will love the new stadium.
“We have already had people reaching out to us left and right to try and rent out the community room,” Little said. “People are wanting to come to our games, and in the past 10 years, we have had more people wanting to come to our games than we could accommodate with seating and parking. So it’ll be great to have everyone have a place to sit and park.”
There will also be sideline cooling units, hydration stations, emergency transport carts with cots and stretchers, as well as a sideline ER tent to give privacy to athletic trainers and injured student-athletes on the field – another feature that Prosper is the only high school in Texas to do.
Also included is a two-story building located north of the stadium which includes a large community and event room as well as a catering and kitchen space on the upper floor.