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Allen's stadium to be closed throughout 2014 football season

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ALLEN, Texas - The Allen Independent School District will keep Eagle Stadium closed for the entire football season this fall due to structural flaws throughout the two-year-old facility.

The district said it remains concerned about design flaws in the concourse level after an preliminary report from a company it hired, Nelson Forensics. Design problems in the concourse "fail to meet building codes and reduce the safety and strength of the concourse," the report states.

AISD closed the $60 million stadium in February after cracks started appearing in the concrete.

PBK Architects Inc. and Pogue Construction, the two companies responsible for the design and building of the stadium, said they will fix the problems at the stadium, but there is now legal wrangling over payment for the repairs.

The district said $2 million that was supposed to be placed into an escrow account to help cover repair costs has been withdrawn by the companies' insurance carriers, who refused to authorize the escrow payments.

"We wanted to avoid the legal wrangling of which party is responsible for what percentage of the repair and thought we had reached an agreement where each company would put money in escrow for us to use while their legal liability would be worked out later," said Allen ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. "I am frustrated that the insurers and their lawyers prevented this from happening."

Pogue Construction said in a statement it couldn't hand over the escrow money without "risking insurance coverage."

"Pogue and its subcontractors take responsibility for any repairs due to the quality of work or materials of subcontractors retained by Pogue," the company's president Ben Pogue said in a statement.

The stadium gained national recognition - some good and some bad - for the amount of money spent by the district, $60 million, and its large seating capacity, 18,000.

Allen will play home games in neighboring stadiums in Plano, a situation Allen coach Tom Westerberg downplayed.

"The stadium does not make the team, the players make the team," Westerberg said in a statement.
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