Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center

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Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center
The Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center is a multi-purpose sports complex located in Cypress, Texas. It was completed in March 2006 and consists of five separate facilities: an arena, stadium, theater, conference center and food production center. It was named after former Cy-Fair ISD superintendent Richard E. Berry. Beginning in 2011, the arena will be home to Houston's team in the Southern Indoor Football League. Amenities include an 11,000-seat athletic stadium, a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m 2) conference center used for staff development, which can be partitioned into 17 rooms, a 456-seat auditorium, a multi-purpose arena designed for a maximum capacity of 9,500 people with 8,300 fixed seats, and a floor banquet seating and catering facility to accommodate the preparation and serving of 1,000 meals. TobyMac also recorded the Grammy award winning live album Alive and Transported in the arena.

Criticism
The Berry Center frequently comes under fire as a result of its high cost. Currently CFISD has issues with debt, and many criticize the construction of the Berry Center during such debt. The schools in the district have been experiencing a paper shortage as a result of the debt the district has accumulated.

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