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Cracks Force New TX Stadium to Shutter

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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An 18-month-old, $60 million high school football stadium near Dallas, TX, has been closed indefinitely while engineers investigate “extensive cracking” discovered in the facility’s concourse, according to officials.

The closure of Eagle Stadium in Allen, TX, will likely affect graduation ceremonies planned for the spring, as well as home football games in the fall, the Allen Independent School District announced Feb. 27.  

Allen Eagle Stadium
Photos courtesy of Allen Independent School District

Concrete cracks ranging from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch wide have been found in the main concourse of the Allen Eagle Stadium, which opened in August 2012.

Daily class activities held in the stadium were immediately relocated when extensive cracks were found in the elevated concourse level.

The 18,000-seat stadium opened in August 2012, financed as part of a $119 million bond issue approved by voters in 2009 with a 63 percent majority vote.

Investigation Underway

Officials said an engineering investigation of cracking and other potential problems in the structure was underway.

So far, Nelson Forensics, a national engineering and consulting firm, has completed about 10 percent of its evaluation of the stadium structure, including the concourse level. Nelson’s preliminary review has confirmed “pervasive cracking,” the officials said.

Nelson will complete a structural evaluation of the entire facility and will recommend appropriate repairs.

Allen Eagle Stadium

The repairs could take months and will likely disrupt plans for home football games this fall, officials said.

Repairs could be extensive and take months to complete, the school district said.


“We are very disappointed and upset that these problems have arisen,” Interim Superintendent Beth Nicholas said. 

“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,” she said.

Architect, Builder on Notice

The designer of the facility, PBK Architects, and the builder, Pogue Construction, have been notified and are in discussions with district officials about the issues, according to the school district.

Neither PBK Architects nor Pogue Construction responded to a request for comment Monday (March 3).

However, a Pogue spokesperson told members of the media that the concrete cracks ranged from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch wide and that tarps were being used to prevent water from getting in.

"There are concerns surrounding the stadium, but we have been—for a long time—part of the solution," said Ben Pogue, 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."

Both the architect and builder are working on another facility for the school district: a $36 million office building. District officials said an independent review of that project was also underway.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Concrete defects; Construction; Health and safety; Maintenance + Renovation; Maintenance programs; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

Comment from Andrew Piedl, (3/4/2014, 9:53 AM)

It surprising to me that in a time when so many citizens are complaining about taxes and costs associated with education, a municipality would vote to float a bond for such a high school structure.

Comment from Rodney White, (3/4/2014, 10:09 AM)

Andrew, you are obviously not from Texas, where high school football nears the status of religion. The stadium in Allen, TX is commensurate with others in "powerhouse" districts, such as Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, TX. When that stadium was built in 1982 at the then-exorbitant cost of $5.6 million, it became the precedent for following structures. You might watch the film "Friday Night Lights", which was filmed at the Ratliff Stadium, to better understand the lofty perch on which Texas High School Football is placed..

Comment from Mark Anater, (3/5/2014, 11:38 AM)

The priorities on display here are disheartening: not a dime more for education, but millions for a football Taj Mahal. Texas isn't unique in this warped perspective, just more exaggerated. Sports are so bound up in personal and community identity, and become such a revenue stream, that they have taken over schools. The whole system is rotting from the inside out, and eventually it will collapse like a cracked concrete stadium.

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