Coach Kenny Deel Stadium is named after a dedicated athletic director and administrator who served for a long time in the Melissa Independent School District.
Melissa High School in Texas is about to open a new $35 million stadium with 10,000 seats. They will have their first game against Argyle on Friday, August 25, officially starting things at Kenny Deel Stadium, a new impressive high school football venue in the Lone Star State.
Construction on the stadium began in February 2021, and it’s part of the larger Championship Center that includes an indoor practice facility. These facilities will make Melissa one of the best-equipped schools in the state and country.
Melissa High School achieved its only state championship victory in 2011, defeating Hempstead with a score of 28-15 in the Class 2A Division 1 championship match. Currently, the Cardinals compete in the 5A category in Texas, reflecting the growth of both the school and the district. In the academic year 2022-23, the Dallas-area school had around 1,500 students enrolled.
The team has maintained a winning record since 2015 and has recorded 33 wins and 8 losses over the last three years. In 2022, the team made it to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A Division 2 playoffs, where they were defeated by eventual state champions South Oak Cliff.