$60M Texas high school stadium closed by cracks

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$60M Texas high school stadium closed by cracks
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2012 file photo, the scoreboard is shown at Eagle Stadium at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. The $60 million high school football stadium that opened to massive fanfare in 2012 will be shut down for the upcoming season after cracks were found in the building's concrete concourse. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
FILE - This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows the front entrance of Eagle Stadium at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. The $60 million high school football stadium that opened to massive fanfare in 2012 will be shut down for the upcoming season after cracks were found in the building's concrete concourse. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE - This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows Eagle Stadium at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. Fixing structural problems at Allen Eagle stadium may require demolishing major components, possibly in areas that include the athletic field, a preliminary forensics report says. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Wow! See those squiggles? They're the cracks in #Allen Eagle Stadium. It's on pg 2A of today's @dallasnews @NBCDFW http://t.co/zMSSoCCaCy
Reports say Allen's Eagle Stadium will be closed through the ENTIRE football season... http://t.co/B46f8ZchR3 http://t.co/QGZ66FjBEu
Allen High School's Eagle Stadium will be closed for the 2014 season. How does this closing affect you or your kids? http://t.co/31Cvtj8PRy
Interim report on cracks in concourse around Allen's Eagle Stadium will close it for 2014-2015 season, http://t.co/N79r9zoPbt
Here's a view of this massive sinkhole at Austin Peay! Check it out! Don't worry- no injuries. @WSMV http://t.co/v9oIbs4Ezz
Yes. Already tired of hearing about cracks at Allen Eagle Stadium. More extensive/expensive if they HADN'T found'em! http://t.co/4dQCkBMC20
DETAILS: 'Extensive cracking' in concourse closes $60M Texas high school football stadium http://t.co/a40DS8l5W3 http://t.co/bKEwTvRcZY
You've seen the surface cracks at $60 million Allen Eagle Stadium. Tonight @NBCDFW shows you how deep the cracks go http://t.co/FBT7DY78IE
Just in: PICTURE that shows cracking in Allen Eagle Stadium. Shut down until at least June @NBCDFW http://t.co/zVdVpmGRqI
Allen ISD calls "important" presser about Eagle Stadium tarps believed to be hiding cracks in $60 mil stadium http://t.co/4Kz1GXhmLW
Update: Allen's Eagle Stadium will be closed until at least June 2014. http://t.co/2Au73wk93P #txhsfb http://t.co/LLeG6TVfG8
Allen ISD announcing its 60 million dollar Eagle Stadium is closed until cracks are repaired. http://t.co/DAcwszpQXP
Problems at Allen Eagle Stadium: Emails indicate cracks in concrete. Litigation might be next. http://t.co/myprIpwzCH http://t.co/98RkGCMryW
The $60 million dollar high school facility....Eagle Stadium in Allen, TX. @MaxPreps @texashsfootball @LSGridiron http://t.co/oF1X3Z3faN
An aerial view of Eagle Stadium, home of Texas state champ Allen HS. $60M price tag. Closed for now after two seasons http://t.co/b4Sm5frcDu
FILE - This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows the front entrance of Eagle Stadium at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. The $60 million high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur _ and its price tag _ will be shut down indefinitely just 18 months after its opening, North Texas school district officials said Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, for an examination of cracking in the concrete of the stadium's concourse. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE - This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows Eagle Stadium at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. The $60 million high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur _ and its price tag _ will be shut down indefinitely just 18 months after its opening, North Texas school district officials said Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, for an examination of cracking in the concrete of the stadium's concourse. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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ALLEN, Texas (AP) -- A $60 million high school football stadium that opened to massive fanfare in 2012 will be shut down for the upcoming season after cracks were found in the building's concrete concourse.

Administrators in Allen, Texas, northeast of Dallas, had hoped to have Eagle Stadium ready for this fall's games, but said further inspections found the structural problems will need significant repair. They insist the architectural firm and construction company will fund any repairs.

The district said Tuesday that both companies had offered $1 million each to allow repairs to begin, but that their insurance companies refused to make the payments.

"Our commitment to Allen students and taxpayers remains firm that the stadium be repaired properly at the expense of those responsible for the failure: the architect and the builder," superintendent Lance Hindt said in a statement.

$60M High School Stadium To Stay Closed, Deemed 'Unsafe'

Allen taxpayers approved a $119 million bond issue that included funding for the 18,000-seat stadium, with a high-definition video board, a second deck on one sideline and vendor stands hawking Chick-fil-A and Texas barbeque.

The facility is the flashiest example of the grandeur of high school football in Texas, where the "Friday Night Lights" have been glamorized in books, movies and television.

But the district had to close the stadium in February after extensive cracks were discovered in the concourse. An outside consulting firm hired by the district has found further building code violations, including parts of the stadium where seating capacity exceeds the legal maximum by more than 70 percent.

Allen, which won the Class 5A Division I state championship last year, will not sell football season tickets this year. It will host three "home" games at two stadiums in neighboring Plano and switch two other home games to road games.

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