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Allen ISD board briefed on stadium issues

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Allen ISD school board members met behind closed doors with an engineering firm Monday night to talk about the extensive repairs to the $60 million stadium and the cracks in the concrete that made the complex unsafe.

The meeting finished after 10 p.m., with the board saying they got a report explaining the problems, and the report will be released to the public later this week. The board says it is waiting to get another report from another engineering firm in the coming weeks on the repairs, cost and timeline.

The district did not talk about details from the meeting.

Cracks in the concrete were first spotted when the stadium opened in 2012.

More cracks appeared, and in February of 2014, the stadium was closed indefinitely and deemed unsafe.

Beyond the cracking in the concrete, a preliminary report in April from Nelson Forensic Engineering Group identified serious design problems, indicating the stadium was not built to code and not prepared to handle the weight load it should.

School officials have made it clear they expect the architects PBK and Pogue Construction to make the needed changes.

Pogue says it has the insurance to cover that.

Allen’s 18,000 seat stadium gained national attention when it opened in 2012 -- a symbol of excess for some. But for most in Allen, it's a treasure, and clearly, Allen ISD is determined not to lose use of it for anything past the 2014 season.

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