2018—Legacy Stadium

Katy ISD—Legacy Stadium
Architect: HKS, Inc.

  • New 12,000-Seat Stadium/Activity Center; 100-Acre Master Plan
  • New “Arts Plaza” Between Stadiums – Built over Drainage Easement
  • Stadiums Serve 8 HS Feeder Zone Programs
  • Multiple Programs – Athletics, Fine Arts, Professional Development, Community Activities
  • Focused on Key Guiding Principles – Venue Performance, User Experience, Community Inspiration
  • Underlying Emphasis on Safety/Security – First Public HS Stadium in U.S. Designed to NCS4 SESA Guidelines


  • Secure Service Drives for Deliveries, VIP, Bus, & Emergency Vehicles to Both Stadiums
  • Equivalent Seating Each Side with Central Entries – Ease of Supervision
  • Open Concourse Design = Visibility to Field; More Intimate Upper-Bowl
  • Two-Story Fieldhouse; Locker Rooms, Community Room & AD’s Offices Above\
  • Sleek Press Box, Striking Roof Form; Major Scoreboard
  • Materiality = Integral-Colored Cementitious Panels, Corrugated Metal Panels, Perforated Metal Screens
  • Lighting Design is Key to Sense of Place


  • Potential Traffic Impacts Mitigated Through Off-Site Improvements
  • Arts Plaza Facilitates Operational Connectedness Between Stadiums
  • Optimized Field Level Set 8’ Below Grade – Saved $2M in Structural Costs, Even with Redundant Pumps Required to Drain the Bowl
  • Distributed Speaker Systems Installed at Both Stadiums – Manage Sound Disruption Between Facilities & To Neighborhoods
  • LED Sports Lighting Saves Energy & Maintenance
  • Multi-Purpose Community Room Serves Many Types of Meetings


  • Resolved Peak Traffic Challenges On-Site & Off-Site
  • Converted Drainage Easement into Landscaped Park-Like Amenity
  • LED Sports Lighting Saves Energy/Maintenance – No Light Pollution
  • Acoustic Analysis for High-Performance Audibility/Noise Containment
  • Resilient Planning – Emergency & Back-Up Systems (like dual elevators to press box)
  • Shade & Shelter-In-Place Concourse Design w/ Protective Perforated Screens
  • Student Well-Being Framed by Underlying Commitment to NCS4 SESA Safety/Security Guidelines


  • Unifying Symbol of Community Spirit, Legacy, & Prophecy
  • New Era in Evolving K12 Stadium Design – Forward-Looking, not Traditional
  • Expresses Surrounding Fast-Growth Commercialism & Community Ambitions
  • Delivers High-Performance Qualities to Support Perennial Contenders
  • Celebrates Family Values, Shared Experiences, Life-Long Memories
  • Extraordinary Environmental Graphics Enhance Unique Sense of Place
  • Entire Site Provides for Many Types of Community Activities


  • From the Outset, the District Recognized Opportunity and Responsibility to Integrate Safety and Security Performance into Planning/Design
  • Committees Envisioned Two Stadiums Functioning “AS ONE” Master Planned Site
  • Entire Planning Process was Underpinned by NCS4 SESA Safety & Security
  • Traffic Guidance, Crowd Psychology/Management, Patron Supervision, Food Service Controls, Emergency Response
  • Mandated Equivalent Accommodation for Both Athletics and Fine Arts Needs

School Transformation

  • A BRIDGE to Student Futures – Collegiate, Career, Professional
  • Venue Performance – Sports Lighting, Sightlines, AV Systems, Turf Systems, Safety Clearances, Operational Security and Efficiency, Maintainability
  • User Experience – Ease of Use, Quality of Food & Services, Convenience, Comfort, Accommodation, Sense of Well-Being, Life-long Memories
  • Community Inspiration – Iconic Form, LED Colored Lighting, Superior Illumination, Sense of Intimacy, Heritage Wall of Fame, Digital Displays


Stars of Distinction Star of Distinction Category Winner