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$60 million high school football stadium in Texas deemed 'not safe' and will close

Allen Eagle Stadium Allen (Texas) High's $60 million football stadium has been deemed unsafe and will close for 2014. (LM Otero/AP)

One of the largest high school football stadiums in Texas will be closed for the 2014 season after being deemed "not safe," as first reported by the Dallas Morning News.

Documents showed that an analysis from the school district revealed "design deficiencies" that caused cracking of the concrete on the concourse level of the $60 million stadium at Allen (Texas) High. The stadium, which first opened in 2012, will not be used for the '14 football season.

Partial findings by Nelson Forensics indicate that some support structures were not designed in a way that would hold the weight anticipated on that level of the stadium.

“The stadium is not safe for public assembly,” Superintendent Lance Hindt said.

Instead, Allen's football team will play home games in two stadiums in nearby Plano, Texas. Meanwhile, PBK Architects, which designed the stadium, and Pogue Construction, which built it, are coordinating with Allen to correct the problems with the structure.

Hindt told the Dallas Morning News that the district is keeping tabs on lost revenue and expenses related to the stadium's issues.

“I can’t speculate whether this will be litigated in the future,” Hindt said. “All I can tell you is we’re going to get the stadium we paid for.”
The 18,000-seat stadium is home to the reigning Class 5A Division I state champion.

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