Friday roundup: The news media are collectively losing their goddamn minds edition

It’s a full slate this week, so let’s do this!

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Texas building $63m high school football stadium four miles from $60m high school football stadium

Looks like the world’s most expensive high school football stadium won’t be the world’s most expensive anymore, or even the most expensive in the Dallas area, after voters in McKinney approved a $220 million bond measure that includes $63 million for a 12,000-seat high school football stadium.

Superintendent Rick McDaniel let out a sigh of relief as the vote “for” results rolled in.

“We’re visionaries,” he said of district leaders. “And we believe we have a vision for McKinney ISD that will propel us forward for a long time.”

Me, I’m not so sure I’d be willing to bet that high school football will still be a thing for “a long time,” but this is Texas, so maybe football will still be a popular regional sport there long after it’s banned everywhere else. (I mean, it’s Texas, so of course it will.) At least hopefully this one won’t have to be shut down for a year and a half after it develops giant cracks, because that’s so 2014.

Renderings! From a freaky angle, with actual cars in the parking lot!

AN ARTIST'S RENDERING depicts what McKinney ISDís new stadium could look like at the southeast corner of Hardin Boulevard and McKinney Ranch Parkway. Saturday night, McKinney voters decided in favor of a $220 million bond, which includes a new football stadium and events center. Construction of the 12,000-seat venue makes up $50.3 million of the bond with another $12.5 million for stadium infrastructure being used from the 2000 bond. Depending if you want to go by the $50.3 million base cost or combined cost of $62.8 million, the stadium would rank among the area's priciest.

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World’s priciest high school football stadium to remain closed for a year thanks to botched design, construction

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.

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Cracking high-school football stadium has insurance, at least

Good news! The two-year-old Allen, Texas high school football stadium that was shut down because of giant cracks in it has insurance that will cover the cost of repairs:

“Once this is fixed and completed, Allen ISD and the taxpayers will still have a magnificent stadium they can be proud of,” [stadium construction company CEO Ben] Pogue said. “There will be no financial burden for Allen ISD or taxpayers.”

That’s a relief. So now all Allen residents have to deal with is a $60 million stadium that its kids can’t play in for a year or so. Yaaaay?

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Most expensive high school stadium ever may be partly torn down after two years thanks to cracks

You want stadium schadenfreude, you got your stadium schadenfreude: Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, the two-year-old $60 million high school football facility that was shut down last month after giant cracks were found in it, may now need to be partially demolished and rebuilt in order to keep the damage from worsening:

Fixing structural problems at Allen Eagle stadium may require demolishing major components — possibly in areas that include the athletic field, a preliminary forensics report says.

The report found that cracks at the stadium may be caused by poor concrete work and improper structural design of reinforcing steel.
“The cracking has decreased the service life of the structure and potentially decreased its structural capacity,” the report from Nelson Forensics said.

The Dallas Morning News report is maddeningly unspecific about just what would have to be torn down, but “areas that include the athletic field” doesn’t sound good. An alternative would be filling the cracks with epoxy, which the News says “would be faster and less expensive but would diminish the stadium’s aesthetics and require periodic repairs and reapplications.”

Nobody’s talking yet about what this would all cost or who would pay for it, though I’d anticipate major finger-pointing and massive lawsuits if it turns out significant repairs are necessary. Until then, enjoy your “most expensive high school stadium ever may need to be partly torn down after two years” headline.

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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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