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$60M Texas high school stadium closed by cracks

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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DON'T CHEAT YOUR May 22 2014 at 7:00 AM

60 mill for a H.S. football stadium that's pretty wasteful. I know H.S. football is big in Texas but to build a 60 million dollar is just wrong. How many teachers books and other more important things could that 60 mill have paid for? I wonder what the average GPA of the football team is.

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Bill NY May 22 2014 at 5:48 AM

60 Million for a high school stadium! No wonder Texas is among the bottom in education!

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cplandman May 22 2014 at 5:43 AM

Every time a leftist politician, a school bureaucrat, or teachers union representative are questioned about poor grades and test results of students, they say "give us more money" and we will fix the problem. This is an example of a total waste of money that benefit but a very few students that play football. It will not raise grades of prepare the majority of the students for life and a job. Higher taxes paid by only working property owners where the money is wasted on crap like this. Time to abolish property taxes because you never really own your property. The government has a permanent lien against your property. If you fail to pay taxes the government will seize and sell your property. Also, everyone gets to vote on raising the taxes of property owners. How is this fair?

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Pastor Ric May 22 2014 at 7:35 AM

Any state that would election morons like George W. Bush, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz would clearly seek to blame anybody and everybody but themselves for 1) making the stupid choice to give a high school a better stadium than many colleges (and some NFL teams)... 2) allow for the construction company to cut so many corners to maximize their profits... and then 3) blame the people who want to channel the funds into actual education instead of athletics for being the problem!

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witness May 22 2014 at 7:14 AM

This is so embarassing. I have been in Texas for 34 years and for the most part "git er done" works well. Politicians openly put down unions, Cities don't inforce safety laws, because everything is geared for attracting business. There are few apprenticeships, and EVERYONE thinks they know all they need to untill something like this happens. As a "Yankee" in Texas I have never had a hard time finding a job. There are a few companies who wont listen to me so I leave before things like this happen. Texas is not going to change. The only way to prevent these things from happening is HIRE A YANKEE, and listen to him.

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MIKEYWES May 22 2014 at 7:20 AM

Sixty million for a High School stadium? You must be kidding. As usual Texas has all of its' priorities mashed up into uselessness

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pilotusmc May 22 2014 at 5:45 AM

a waste of 60 million...............

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shmegmasmith pilotusmc May 22 2014 at 8:50 AM

Isn't texas a "right to work" state?

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jalden4 May 22 2014 at 5:43 AM

Ah, the free market in action... projects going to the lowest bidders: companies who cut as many corners as they can to maximize profit margins for the company owners/shareholders.

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mrior2 May 22 2014 at 6:22 AM

How appropriate for a scab state like Texas!!
You get what you ask for when you contract with fly by nights.

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Mike May 22 2014 at 6:24 AM

Was it poor design, poor construction or both?

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