ALLEN — It’s only the first day of school at Allen High School, but the football teams and band were hard at work after classes, running drills and practicing their routines.
The junior varsity squad held its practice in the shadow of Eagle Stadium, a venue that’s sitting out the season for repairs to correct serious structural flaws that forced the district to suspend all use of the $60 million facility.
On Monday night, the Allen Independent School District Board of Trustees received updates on repairs to the stadium. It will take six phases of repairs to complete the rebuild. The first phase — including fortification of the scoreboard — has already started and will cost $280,000.
The base of the scoreboard has been taped off, and the facilities director told the board that drilling in the piers would start Tuesday.
The facilities director also told the board that the six phases are currently on schedule.
- Phase 1 – Scoreboard repairs (started)
- Phase 2 – Retaining/basement wall repairs, one story lateral load buildings on concourse level (August 22, 2014)
- Phase 3 – Press box repairs, concrete columns, transfer girders, repairs to one story building (October 17, 2014)
- Phase 4 – Concourse structure repairs – visitor side, continuity reinforcing, perimeter beams, fiber wrap (October 27, 2014)
- Phase 5 – Concourse structure repairs – home side, continuity reinforcing, perimeter beams, fiber wrap (November 14, 2014)
- Phase 6 – Traffic topping, reinforcing of one story CMU walls, possible filling of voids under slab on grade at various locations (January 2015)
As the Eagles prepare for their Friday game against Denton Guyer, Chris Tripucka of Eagle Designs is managing the increasing demand for his Road Warrior-themed shirts — especially because the Eagles technically won’t be playing any games on their home turf.
“We wanted to do something that pulled everyone together and say, ‘Hey, it doesn’t matter where we play,'” said Tripucka, whose son currently plays for Allen High.
Davonna Bussey was sitting in her air conditioned car watching her son practice on the freshman team Monday afternoon.
“It doesn’t stop our passion for football,” she said. “We’re gonna play no matter what,” she said.