The Football Capital of the Nation | My Family Travels

Standing in the midst of 17,999 other fans, hearing the screams and cheers of your classmates as you momentarily become a part of the team, watching as the boy that sits next to you in history class transforms into a bullet, dodging every opponent with swift spins and effortless turns until he reaches his destination; the end zone. Nothing compares to being a part of the crowd at an Allen Eagles football game.

You may think you love football, but you haven’t seen true love until you take a trip to Allen, Texas. Have you heard of the $60 million stadium that was built just over a year ago? What kind of city would pay $60 million for a high school football stadium? Allen. It’s the home of the 2008 and 2012 5A State Champs and the 800 member marching band. Here in Allen, we do everything bigger and better.


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Every other Friday night throughout football season, fans fill the 18,000 seat palace and proudly cheer on their team. The 4,000 students that attend the high school have their own section reserved for their wild, passionate and motivational chants and screams. They do things such as call out the names of players from the opposing teams, to throwing baby powder in the air, to the famous “I Believe” chant. Here in Allen, football isn’t just another sport or hobby, it’s a lifestyle.

While you’re not attending a football game, stop by The Villages at Allen for a perfect family outing. Have lunch at Purple Cow, Cotton Patch, Freebirds, Mooyah, or other inexpensive and delicious restaurants. After lunch, walk around and shop at Express, Macy’s, JC Penny’s, Dillard’s, Ulta, or Old Navy before grabbing some irresistible frozen yogurt at Yumilicious. You can end the day by building sand castles or playing a fun game of beach volleyball at the sand courts, or you could run through the giant water fountains at the water area next to Purple Cow. The Villages at Allen has an endless amount of family-oriented activities that are perfect for some quality time with the kids. Here in Allen, family is the only thing more important than football.

Allen also has some interesting history. On February 22, 1878 Sam Bass and his gang of outlaws successfully pulled off the first train robbery in the state of Texas at the Allen Train Station. If you decide to visit, stop by the old train station to learn about Sam Bass and the part that Allen played in the Transcontinental Railroad.

Allen doesn’t have a beach or a Times Square, but it does have something more important than that. It has safe, friendly, and exciting activities ready for you and your family to experience. Here at Allen, we are a family, reuniting every Friday night to cheer on our children; the football team.

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