The $60 million football stadium at Allen High School that opened in 2012 will be closed for games this fall due to concrete cracking in the structure.
The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that design flaws at the stadium’s concourse level contributed to the cracking, with some support structures not made in a way that would sustain the weight anticipated on that level of 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium.
The discoveries were made during an analysis of the facility commissioned by the school district after the cracking became apparent in February, according to documents obtained by the Morning News. About 70 percent of the analysis has been complete; a full report is due next month.
“The stadium is not safe for public assembly,” superintendent Lance Hindt told the newspaper.
The closing of the stadium this fall means Allen, the reigning Class 5A Division I state champion, will play three “home” games at two stadiums in nearby Plano, according to the Morning News. Allen will pay Plano $5,300 for each game.
Hindt said stadium designer PBK Architects and stadium builder Pogue Construction are working with the Allen school district on a solution.
“I can’t speculate whether this will be litigated in the future,” Hindt told the Morning News. “All I can tell you is we’re going to get the stadium we paid for.”