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Safety concerns surround stadium construction

Safety concerns surround stadium construction

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Allen, TX - Construction and safety issues surrounding a North Texas football stadium are raising concerns among many school officials. Officials with a the Allen school district are claiming that its brand new 60 million dollar high school football stadium was designed poorly throughout the entire facility.

School officials in Allen released a summary of an engineering firm's audit of the stadium showing extensive cracking was discovered in its concrete. The report also highlights structural errors in seven areas, including flaws in the concourse, press box and the south scoreboard, which features a high-definition video screen.

The district says repairs could cost $600,000 or more. Administrators say two companies that designed and built the stadium will be responsible for the cost of repairs. It's still unclear how much the companies will pay.

The district superintendent said repairs would begin as early as July, with the goal of reopening the stadium in time for graduation in 2015, but in the meantime, the stadium will remain closed for the entire upcoming football season. Allen's state-champion football team has already moved its home games to Plano.