$60 million high school stadium has cracks

Stadium is closed for now.

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#BiggerAllenProblems: Allen (Texas) interim superintendent Beth Nicholas closed the Eagles’ two-year-old, $60 million high school football stadium due to extensive cracking and “other potential problems in the structure” that were found along the concourse.

The Dallas Morning News reports that engineers are expected to complete an investigation of the facility in June. District officials say the 18,000-seat stadium, which features free Wi-Fi and a high-definition video screen, may not reopen in time for football season. Of more immediate concern is finding a new location for graduation.

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“Our No. 1 priority must always be the safety of our students, staff and our community,” Nicholas told the Dallas Morning News. “We’re not happy about this. We want to get to the bottom of this because our taxpayers deserve this.”

Ben Pogue, president and CEO of Pogue Construction, which built the stadium, said the cracks range from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch wide. The Dallas Morning News reports that district officials are in discussions with Pogue and PBK, the architecture firm that designed the facility, about fixing the problem.

Some good news: Pogue told the paper that leveling the stadium won’t be necessary.

Thanks to Max Preps for bringing this story to our attention.

$60 million high school stadium has cracks

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