Texas high school's $60 million stadium has 'extensive cracking'
FEB 27, 2014 6:01p ET
In the Dallas suburb of Allen, the local high school made national headlines in 2012 when it unveiled its $60 million football stadium.
But less than two years later, there's a major problem.
Allen Independent School District officials announced at a news conference on Thursday that the stadium has "extensive cracking" in the concourse and will close for repairs.
"Our number one priority must always be the safety of our students, staff and community," school board president Louise Master said. "We do not have information at this point that confirms any areas outside of the concourse could be affected, but the most prudent thing to do, to absolutely assure the safety of students, staff and the community is to keep the facility closed during this review."
High school football is serious business in Texas, but many still questioned how the taxpayers' dollars were spent. The $60 million, 18,000-seat stadium was financed as part of a $119 million bond issue in 2009 and opened for the 2012 football season.
"This is a significant investment for our community," Allen ISD interim superintendent Beth Nicholas said. "We are very disappointed and upset that these problems have arisen. It is unacceptable. Our students, families, and the entire community have always supported the district and our commitment to them is to make sure this issue is appropriately resolved."
It's not clear when the stadium will be ready to re-open, but school district officials say repairs could take months to complete and home games for next football season will likely be affected.
The Allen Eagles are the two-time defending 5A Division I Texas State Football Champions.
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