Report: Concrete Shrinkage Caused Cracks At Allen ISD’s $60M Stadium

By Brian New

ALLEN (CBS 11) — The problems with the cracks at Allen ISD’s $60-million stadium can be traced back to when the stadium was built two years ago, according to a preliminary report obtain about CBS 11.

The report stated the cracks are caused from excessive concrete shrinkage. When concrete dries, some shrinkage and cracks are normal and acceptable, but the report states the cracks at the stadium are “well in excess” of cracking that is considered acceptable.


What caused the concrete to not dry properly remains unclear, according to the report. The 90-page document listed improper concrete placement, finishing, curing, as well as improper structural design as potential causes for the excessive drying shrinkage.

The engineering report said the cracks have decreased both the life-span and durability of the stadium – noting prompt remediation is necessary to prevent further damage.

Last month, Allen ISD closed Allen Eagle Stadium due to concerns over the concrete crack on some of the stadium’s elevated concourses.

In a statement last month, the stadium’s builder, Pogue Construction, said it “stands by its commitment to do its part to provide Allen ISD with the stadium to which it is entitled.”

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