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New $60M Football Stadium Deemed 'Not Safe for Public Assembly' (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A new $60 million high school football stadium in Texas will be closed next season after an inspection firm found that it was not designed to withhold the weight of spectators.

Because no state agency oversees general contractors, it is up to Allen city officials and the school district to perform inspections and make sure contractors are following building codes, CBS DFW reported.

Designed by PBK Architects and constructed by Pogue Construction, the Allen High School stadium showed extensive cracking in its concrete shortly after it opened in August 2012.

Analysis of the stadium by Nelson Forensics, which is 70 percent complete, was commissioned by the district. Their partial findings show design deficiencies on the stadium’s concourse level, which is incapable of holding the weight anticipated on that level of the stadium.

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“The stadium is not safe for public assembly,” Superintendent Lance Hindt told the Dallas Morning News.

According to CBS, Pogue Construction has worked on metroplex stadiums and other city buildings for almost 14 years.

District leaders closed the stadium in February after Allen Independent School District officials observed that the cracks were getting worse. Given the preliminary report, the stadium will not be open during the next football season, which begins August 29.

Nelson Forensics suggested that the faulty structure be torn down or the cracks be sealed with epoxy.

The school board has not decided on the best way to proceed.

“The district is more than committed to getting that done as quickly as possible,” said school board president Louise Master, “but at the same time we’re not going to put a Band-Aid on it.”

Sources: Dallas Morning News, CBS DFW