The $60 million stadium has developed cracks of nearly an inch
wide in the concrete of its elevated concourse that could make it
unsafe, the school district said this week.
In Allen, as in many parts of Texas, high school football games are
some of the most important events on the calendar. Texas high school
football is such a cultural phenomenon that it has inspired a book,
movie and TV series, all called "Friday Night Lights."
The Allen Eagles football team won their division last year in
"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," Beth
Nichols, the interim school superintendent, said in a statement on
The eye-popping price for the 18,000-seater stadium that includes a
$1.3 million scoreboard, was financed as part of a voter-approved
$119 million bond package.
A full inspection and review by an outside engineering and
consulting firm is expected to be completed by June.
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"It's a big deal when you spend that much money and something goes
wrong that quickly," said Rob Richey, who lives in Allen and has two
children attending school in the district.
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Scott Malone and Grant
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