While the sports world continues to recoil in shock at the closing of Allen’s $60 million Eagle Stadium to fix design and construction flaws, some have moved on to try and determine just how much of a financial hit the school district is likely to take. Now estimates on the first part of that expense are being calculated, and the results aren’t pretty.
According to Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA, an attorney for Pogue Construction, one of two firms which was involved in designing and building the 18,000-seat facility, estimated that repairing the stadium would cost approximately $600,000 … if everything goes as scheduled. Given how rare it is that a stadium construction project is delviered on time and budget, the attorney’s upward estimate of $1 million may be more realistic.
Naturally, that additional cost just rubs salt in an open wound for Allen officials and families.
“Yeah it was a sock in the gut for all of us,” Allen ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt told WFAA. “Our senior football players, our 800-member band, drill team, cheerleaders, soccer… you name it, they won’t be in that facility next year, and that’s a huge disappointment.”
There is one minor silver lining to be found in all of the wreckage of Eagle Stadium’s construction problems: As noted by the Dallas Morning News, the Eagles are expected to feature a whopping eight home football games during the 2015 season, making up for two games against Plano schools that have been shifted to Plano facilities.
Small consolation for a lost season, but at least it’s something for Allen families and fans to hold on to as it heads toward a vagabond-like 2014 campaign.