ALLEN (CBS 11 NEWS) – Friday Night Lights won’t be on at the Allen Eagle Stadium this fall. Cracks in the stadium concourse have shown it might be unsafe for the weight of crowds, and it has forced the school to play all its games somewhere else.
“I’m very disappointed that we are even in this situation,” says Allen ISD Superitendent Dr. Lance Hindt.
The telltale cracks beneath his feet at the stadium revealed flaws no one expected. The entire concourse didn’t meet weight-bearing code in places. Sometimes 10-20% short….others as much as 70%.
Dr. Hindt says the district did its part.
“This really isn’t a black eye for this school district, this is really a black eye for the contractor and the architect.”
Still, he calls contractor Pogue Construction and PBK Architects reputable firms, and both promise the Allen ISD won’t be out any more money due to their work. A preliminary report in February prompted the stadium’s closing for graduation exercises this spring. And while final recommendations won’t be out until next month, school officials have decided where else to play home games…mostly down the road in Plano.
Board President Louise Master is also a parent.
“Oh, it’s been horrible; I’ve had many sleepless nights.”
She knows incoming senior football players, band members, and cheerleaders will be disappointed.
“But in talking to kids…they understand that it’s not about the stadium, it’s really about them and what they can do on a Friday night.
The decision caught other parents off guard, like Simon Gervais, whose son attends Allen ISD.
“Very surprised; with that new beautiful stadium? That’s such a letdown. That’s going to be crazy for next year with no football,” he said.
Another resident, Connie Hildebrand, thinks the stadium’s initial $60 million price tag was too expensive.
“I just feel that it’s ridiculous for a stadium that’s less than two years old to be having these problems.”
The Allen ISD and both the contractor and architect have engineering studies going but aren’t expected to be completed until June.
It’s estimated fixes to the stadium could run six to eight months.
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