World’s most expensive high school football stadium shut down after two years because of giant cracks

There are no words:

A $60 million Texas high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur and price tag will be shut down indefinitely 18 months after its opening, school district officials said Thursday.

Eagle Stadium in the Dallas suburb of Allen will be closed until at least June for an examination of “extensive cracking” in the concrete of the stadium’s concourse, the district said in a statement Thursday. The closure will likely affect home games at the stadium this fall, the district said.

Ben Pogue of Pogue Construction, which built the stadium, told reporters that the cracks range from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch wide.

The ESPN report goes on to add that the school district defended the $60 million cost “by calling the stadium an investment for generations of future Eagles fans and a much-needed upgrade from the district’s previous 35-year-old field.” It also cost so much because the district decided to go with pricier items like concrete instead of aluminum benches, because they wanted a stadium that would last decades.

Irony is a harsh mistress.

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4 comments on “World’s most expensive high school football stadium shut down after two years because of giant cracks

  1. I honestly just thought that most High Schools, even when new, came equipped with 35 year old fields.

  2. When the dust is settled, I predict that the school district, and not the contractors, will be the ones paying for the fix.

  3. I admire their ability to get public trough money for a palatial high school football palace, then start requiring upgrades shortly after it opens. We usually have to threaten to move to start the “give us more money for football cycle” but that’s not an option for a high school team. Whoever built the shoddy concrete knew what they were doing. As I understand it they just have the one luxury suite, so obviously, this is a chance to get a few more put in. Chutzpah, boys, that’s the ticket! Take it from a guy who knows.

  4. Pretty ironic. Just last year Ector County Texas turned down a $60 million bond to build a new courthouse that’s also aged and developing structural problems yet in the 80s they also build a mammoth stadium worth $9 million which is probably $40 million adjusted for inflation. This is actually the home of the Permian Panthers of Friday Night Lights lore.

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