Eagle Stadium Closed: Structural Issues Shut Down $60M Texas Arena

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:13 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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The Eagle Stadium that cost a Texas high school $60 million to build will remain closed next season as officials take steps to repair the construction "deficiencies" that caused cracks in the concrete structure.

Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, was first closed back in February after a group of consultants discovered cracks, some as big as a third of an inch wide, in the foundation and "design deficiencies" that weren't up to code, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reported.

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The report by Nelson Forensics also made mention of "improper concrete placement, improper concrete finishing, improper concrete curing, and improper structural design of reinforcing steel to control shrinkage cracking."

"The deficiencies are outside of acceptable margins for error, and indicate conditions which will require repair/strengthening for the structure to be brought into conformance with the applicable building code," the report said.

PBK Architects Inc. and Pogue Construction, the firms that designed and engineered Eagle Stadium, initially offered up $2 million to help fund repairs, but the money was withdrawn after a legal battle with insurance companies.

"We are hopeful that the offer of $1 million each by Pogue and PBK would have allowed us to begin a proper repair without the added cost and delay of lawsuit," Allen Independent School District Superintendent Lance Hindt said in a statement. "But we now have been informed by both companies that their insurance carriers refused to authorize the escrow payment."

It's not yet clear how the school district plans to pay for the repairs.

With Eagle Stadium closed for the 2014 season, the Allen High School football team will play all its home games on the field at a nearby Plano school, CBS Dallas reported.

The stadium, which opened in 2012, has made the national news since its conception, with BleacherReport.com even calling it "the most expensive high school stadium in America."

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