The Aledo football team has agreed to play Cedar Park on Aug. 29 at Baylor’s new McLane Stadium, Bearcats coach Tim Buchanan said Tuesday.
The game, which features the last two Class 4A Division II champions, will likely be the first at the $250 million facility. Baylor makes its debut in the 45,000-seat stadium two days later against SMU. The stadium sits just north of the Brazos River off Interstate 35 on Baylor’s campus.
Buchanan talked with Cedar Park coach Joe Willis in early February about scheduling a home-and-home. When the idea of a one-time neutral site game was brought up, both agreed that was the best option. Waco is roughly a midpoint between the two schools — Cedar Park, which like Aledo will be a Class 5A school under the new realignment, is northwest of Austin.
“It’s ideal,” Buchanan said. “It’s going to be an easy trip for both of us, and two good football teams get to play each other.”
Buchanan said the price for high school games at Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium was around $7,500 per school, plus $1 from every ticket sold. He expects the flat fee at McLane Stadium to be slightly higher but that both schools will make a profit.
Aledo beat Brenham in December for its fourth title in the last five years. Cedar Park, which was 11-2 last season, beat Lancaster in the 2012 title game.
The Bearcats will also host La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat in nondistrict play, a game arranged by Hercules Sports Management.
Euless Trinity played the first high school game at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium when it beat Bingham (Utah) on Sept. 7, 2009.
Southlake Carroll played in the first high school game at Allen’s $60 million stadium that opened Aug. 31, 2012, losing 24-0 to Allen. That stadium was closed indefinitely last week when extensive cracking was found in the concrete of the concourse.