Concrete 'cracking' found in stadium
Updated: February 27, 2014, 8:59 PM ET
ESPN.com news services
Eagle Stadium, which cost $60 million and opened 18 months ago in Allen, Texas, shut down after "extensive cracking" was found in the concrete of the concourse.
ALLEN, Texas -- A $60 million Texas high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur and price tag will be shut down indefinitely 18 months after its opening, school district officials said Thursday.
Eagle Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Allen will be closed until at least June for an examination of "extensive cracking" in the concrete of the stadium's concourse, the district said in a statement Thursday. The closure will likely affect home games at the stadium this fall, the district said.
Ben Pogue of Pogue Construction, which built the stadium, told reporters that the cracks range from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch wide.
"There are concerns surrounding the stadium, but we have been -- for a long time -- part of the solution," Pogue said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I'm optimistic that we're going to have a quick resolve to this that will not affect the football season that's coming up."
Built in 2012 as part of a $120 million bond issue, Eagle Stadium seats 18,000 people and sports a 38-foot-wide video board. Eagle Stadium's opening was a moment of triumph for the community of Allen, a fast-growing Dallas suburb that has become home to a high school football powerhouse. The Eagles won the Class 5A Division I state championship last year.
District officials defended the cost -- an eye-popping figure even in football-mad Texas, home to hundreds of schools playing under the "Friday Night Lights" -- by calling the stadium an investment for generations of future Eagles fans and a much-needed upgrade from the district's previous 35-year-old field.
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$60 million for a high school football stadium!!!
That's insane! The people of this community should be ashamed of themselves for allowing such an extravagant expense for something like this. The money could have much better spent on more worthwhile things such as.... oh I don't know..... education
It's made even more embarrassing when the stadium is closed due to structural issues after paying such a heavy price tag.
Between this and the attempt at passing laws to discriminate against homosexuals, I have serious concerns about the priorities of the state of Texas.