ALLEN (CBSDFW.COM) – Allen Eagle Stadium peers over the top of Chris Tripucka’s family business.
“We saw it go from dirt to what it is now,” he said.
His shop, Eagle Design, sells team merchandise and benefits from being so close.
“Helps us on game days. People can park and walk over here and buy something and go back to the stadium. It’ll be a little tough this year, because there are no home games,” he said.
The district has announced next season it will play home games in Plano, in the rival district’s stadiums.
“I’m very disappointed we’re even in this situation,” said Allen ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt.
Engineers studying the cracks spreading through Eagle Stadium’s pedestrian concourse found design problems.
The two year old facility fails to meet building codes, and under the weight of too many fans, parts of the stadium could collapse. The news came as a blow to students.
“I think it’s kind of upsetting we can’t graduate there, and we just got it,” said graduating senior, Natasha Gulam.
On social media, people across the country reacted, as well.
“We had a lot of criticism since the very beginning, even just the amount of money we spent to do this, so now even more so,” said Kim Fuller, an Allen resident.
“It’s tough to read some of these things. The hardest part is not to respond to them. That is the most difficult thing,” said Tripucka.
A father of two football players, Tripucka found inspiration in the team’s resilience.
He designed a new graphic for future T-shirts, labelling them “road warriors.”
The tag line – “Home is anywhere Eagle Nation plays.”
Within hours, his Facebook page lit up, making it, by far, his most popular design yet.
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