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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:37 pm

The city of Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas, occupies a special place in the history of sports stadiums: it was the instigator of what once was dubbed a high school football stadium arms race. In 2012 it unveiled Eagle Stadium, the 18,000-seat, $60m home of the Allen High School Eagles. Not too many years later nearby McKinney opened a stadium for its own high schools worth $70m.

Lately, Allen once again has taken center stage in a curious stadium proposal, one that until recently formed part of an ambitious multibillion-dollar plan to spread cricket across the US.

The Allen proposal calls for a $500m, 15,000-capacity stadium, the anchor of a mixed-use complex that would also include training facilities, residential and retail units, and office space. For a game not exactly part of the sporting firmament in Texas’s sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, that’s an incredible potential investment.

The aim is to establish a footprint for the world’s second most popular sport in a country that, outside of a few communities, pays cricket little heed. In the grand vision, the stadium would eventually play host to a professional team competing in a US-wide Twenty20 league. It would also stage visiting international teams and exhibition matches as well as other sports and events, according to reports.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/apr/23/cricket-stadium-texas-allen

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Post by Maddog on Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:34 am

>THE Ben Reilly< wrote:
The city of Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas, occupies a special place in the history of sports stadiums: it was the instigator of what once was dubbed a high school football stadium arms race. In 2012 it unveiled Eagle Stadium, the 18,000-seat, $60m home of the Allen High School Eagles. Not too many years later nearby McKinney opened a stadium for its own high schools worth $70m.

Lately, Allen once again has taken center stage in a curious stadium proposal, one that until recently formed part of an ambitious multibillion-dollar plan to spread cricket across the US.

The Allen proposal calls for a $500m, 15,000-capacity stadium, the anchor of a mixed-use complex that would also include training facilities, residential and retail units, and office space. For a game not exactly part of the sporting firmament in Texas’s sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, that’s an incredible potential investment.

The aim is to establish a footprint for the world’s second most popular sport in a country that, outside of a few communities, pays cricket little heed. In the grand vision, the stadium would eventually play host to a professional team competing in a US-wide Twenty20 league. It would also stage visiting international teams and exhibition matches as well as other sports and events, according to reports.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/apr/23/cricket-stadium-texas-allen

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I think the brakes are getting tapped on that last I heard.

I already teased the local Arlington politicians about how Allen was stealing their Cricket Stadium. tongue

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Post by Cass on Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:28 pm

Cricket??? $500 million?? Texas?? A proposed $500 million cricket stadium in ... Texas? 3489511464

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Post by Maddog on Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:20 am

Cass wrote:Cricket??? $500 million?? Texas?? A proposed $500 million cricket stadium in ... Texas? 3489511464

We have a pretty big Pakistani and Indian population now. They come here to be victims of racism. They are a funny lot I guess. Wink

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Post by nicko on Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:51 am

I don't like Cricket , no, I love it !
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Post by Cass on Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:59 am

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Cass wrote:Cricket??? $500 million?? Texas?? A proposed $500 million cricket stadium in ... Texas? 3489511464

We have a pretty big Pakistani and Indian population now. They come here to be victims of racism. They are a funny lot I guess. Wink  

Well good luck to them. I bet that I would actually watch a whole Test Series if this happens in my lifetime lol!

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Post by Maddog on Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:21 pm

nicko wrote:I don't like Cricket , no, I love it !

I can't watch a game that takes a month and a half to complete. Cool

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Post by nicko on Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:45 pm

I believe my post was about a song, no one heard of it ?
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