The most expensive high school football stadium ever that developed giant cracks after two years isn’t necessarily being partly torn down yet, but it is being shuttered for all of next season while officials decide what to do with it. Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, which cost $60 million to build, developed cracks in its concrete thanks to both design flaws and construction errors, according to a Dallas Morning News article that can only be appropriately summarized via horrified ellipses:
Partial findings by Nelson Forensics indicate that some support structures were not designed in a way that would hold the weight anticipated on that level of the stadium. … “The stadium is not safe for public assembly,” Superintendent Lance Hindt said. … Hindt said he is confident taxpayers won’t shoulder the costs of repairs at the stadium. Both PBK and Pogue Construction, which built the stadium, are working with Allen ISD to find a solution, he said. … Pogue’s analysis also found failures to completely fill the concourse pan deck during concrete pours, which created a “honeycomb effect” … The firm identified areas in the stadium where the load demand on the structure exceeded accepted building standards by 10 to 20 percent. In isolated locations, that number was greater than 70 percent.
Once the forensics report is complete, Allen officials will decide how to go about fixing the problems, and how to pay for this. The construction companies have insurance that Pogue has claimed will cover the cost of repairs, though I didn’t know you could buy stupidity insurance.