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$60M High School Football Stadium to Stay Closed This Year

May 20, 2014 / Football
From keranews.org

The Allen High School (Texas) football team won’t be playing at the $60 million Eagle Stadium this fall due to structural problems that will take time to repair, district officials announced.

Nelson Forensics, consultants hired by the district, identified “design deficiencies” in the stadium’s elevated concourse. Those deficiencies fail to meet building codes and reduce the safety and strength of the concourse, the district says.

Allen will play its home football games in Plano, Texas, this fall.

Allen ISD announced in February it was temporarily shutting down the stadium after extensive cracks were found in the building’s concrete. Nelson Forensics is studying the stadium cracks and will report back to the district in June – the extent of the damage won’t be known until then. The repair costs won’t be known until designs are prepared and contractors have been consulted, the district says.

The district says that Allen ISD officials, as well as representatives from Pogue Construction and PBK Architects Inc. have met to “determine the scope of the problem and possible solutions.” The companies offered to put $2 million into an escrow account to fund the repairs, but a “legal snarl” between their insurance companies led to the companies to withdraw their escrow offer, district officials say.

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