Everything is bigger in Texas. The football talent, the misdirected passion, the hats, the football stadiums and even the blunders.
One such blunder has cost $60 million and counting.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the $60 million football home of district champion Allen High School has shown signs of cracking and will be shut down for the following season after opening up the18,000 seat stadium in 2012.
Allen ISD staff observed the cracking getting worse. In August, the board hired Nelson Forensics to investigate. District leaders announced in February that they had closed the stadium as a safety precaution.
Officials said they will wait until the report is complete to make decisions about repairs. Fixing the stadium could take six to eight months, Hindt said.
In a preliminary report, Nelson Forensics had suggested tearing down the faulty structures or sealing the cracks with epoxy. The school board will be prudent in deciding how to fix the stadium, board President Louise Master said.
This is an embarassment, but superintendent Lance Hindt has assured taxpayers that they won't foot even more of the bill. Allen will pay Plano $5,300 for each home game while their stadium is undergoing repairs.
“The stadium is not safe for public assembly,” superintendent Lance Hindt said. “I can’t speculate whether this will be litigated in the future,” Hindt said. “All I can tell you is we’re going to get the stadium we paid for.”