New stadium in Katy gets named

Monday night the Katy ISD board voted unanimously to name the new multi million dollar stadium "Legacy Stadium" and as a surprise they also named the field after former coach Mike Johnston.
Johnston coached at Katy High School and helped lead the Tigers to three state titles in the late 1990's and early 2000's.

"Mike has left a great impact, he's left his mark here in the district and that's basically what the district is about, creating legacies and making sure that our children leave this district and continue to be legacy makers", says Katy ISD spokeswoman Maria DiPetta.

Johnston told Fox 26 NEWS that he was honored to hear the news. "To have the family name attached to a facility in the school district like Katy, it means a lot to me", says Johnston.

The Academy Sports & Outdoors Complex costs $70.3 million dollars in total, the new stadium makes up about $58 million dollars of that.
Current high school football players attending the board meeting say they are looking forward to the new state of the art facility.

"I think it's a lot bigger than Rhodes, bigger to play in, a lot more people can come, have more seats", says Taylor High School football player Ean Beek.

"At Rhodes we were playing there for a really long time but at the new stadium I feel like it'll be more electrifying, it'll be a bit more louder because we'll be able to pack more people in there", says Deondrick Glass who plays for Katy High School.

Johnston recalls his time at Rhodes Stadium and says he looks forward to a new era at the new Legacy Stadium. "Always described our follows, they don't come to be entertained at a game, when the game is over the leave with sweaty armpits, I mean they get involved so it's great to be in a community that cares that much about the performance of their kids", says Johnston.
The stadium will be primarily used by 8 high schools this coming fall. Rhodes Stadium will also still be in use.
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