August 7, 2022
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Another Texas school district is getting ready to build an eight-figure high school football stadium. The Melissa Independent School District is eyeing a $35-million football stadium and indoor practice facility.

Last week, the football team’s Twitter account posted a rendering of the new Coach Kenny Deel Stadium, which will hold nearly 10,000 fans. The new facility, scheduled to open in 2023, will replace Cardinal Field with a capacity of about 3,100.

The City of Melissa, Texas, less than 50 miles northeast of Dallas, is growing. According to census figures, Melissa saw a 36-percent increase in population from 2010 to 2020. The city’s current population is estimated to be around 18,100.

Eleven years ago, the Melissa High School football program won its only state football championship in one of the smallest classifications (2A Division I) in the state. In 2022, the Cardinals will be in Class 5A Division II.

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