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ALLEN (CBS 11 NEWS) - The CBS 11 I-Team has uncovered new information involving Allen ISD’s $60 million dollar football stadium and its fire inspection.

A report released yesterday by Allen ISD, revealed investigators found problems with seven areas of the stadium including the concourses, press box, the main scoreboard, and a retaining wall.

Newly obtained documents also show the stadium hosted football games, before the fire inspectors gave final approval.

Before a home or a business is allowed to open, the city inspects the structure to make sure all safety requirements are met.

The fire inspection history for Allen Stadium shows the city signed off on the stadium, saying everything was in order even though a final fire inspection had not been done. The stadium was allowed to open its doors before all the inspection requirements were met.

Since cracking forced the closure of the stadium, the I-Team has been digging into inspection and testing reports filed before the stadium doors opened.

Two temporary certificates of occupancy were issued in August and September of 2012, before foundation and structural steel letters were submitted, which the city says isn’t unusual.

“The city is responsible to determine whether life safety systems are in place. And they did,” said Dr. Lance Hindt, Allen ISD’s Superintendent, at a news conference on Thursday.

However, timeline of events in 2012, may raise some eyebrows.

On October 30, 2012, an official certificate of occupancy was issued.

However, fire inspectors didn’t sign off on the stadium until November 6, 2012, seven days after the official certificate was signed and four football games had already been played.

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