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Rendering of proposed stadium. (credit: CBS News)

Rendering of proposed stadium. (credit: CBS News)

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KATY, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Everything is bigger in Texas, especially high school football stadiums.

Voters in the Houston suburb of Katy will decide Tuesday whether to approve a bond package that includes $69.5 million for a new, 14,000-seat football stadium.

The stadium would serve Katy’s powerhouse program, but district officials also say they could attract playoff games and other events. It’s on the ballot one year after the Dallas suburb of Allen opened a $60 million stadium with 18,000 seats and dozens of concession stands.

“We told the architects that what we needed was a stadium that would pass, and so we needed to present to the community a reasonable, conservative construction,” John Eberlan, a project committee member, told CBS News.

The $99 million in bonds would also pay for a $25 million expansion of an agricultural sciences center and $4.5 million for a science and technology center.

Some local Tea Party members oppose the bond package, saying the district shouldn’t take on more debt.

“It comes out to be $5,000, almost $5,000 per seat,” Cyndi Lawrence, a local Tea Party leader, told CBS News. “At 14,000 seats, I have real issue with that price tag. It’s outlandish and I think the taxpayers are starting to realize it’s way too much.”

If voters approve of the stadium, it could be done in time for the 2015 football season.

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