$60 Million High School Football Stadium Closed After Cracks Found in Concrete

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2014

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows the front entrance of Eagle Stadium at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. The $60 million high school stadium that got national attention for its grandeur _ and its price tag _ will be shut down indefinitely just 18 months after its opening, North Texas school district officials said Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, for an examination of cracking in the concrete of the stadium's concourse. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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Allen High School (Allen, Texas) went all out when building a $60 million football stadium in 2012, but now, the school district has been forced to close the stadium indefinitely.

For those who don't know about Eagles Stadium, the price tag should tell you all you need to know. It blows away every other high school football stadium in the nation:

That's just incredible.

However, Allen High School was forced to close the 18-month-old stadium recently after "extensive cracking" was found in the concrete of the concourse. The cracks reportedly range anywhere from a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch wide.

Ben Pogue of Pogue Construction, which built the stadium, spoke to reporters about the matter, via The Dallas Morning News (h/t ESPN.com):

There are concerns surrounding the stadium, but we have been—for a long time—part of the solution. I'm optimistic that we're going to have a quick resolve to this that will not affect the football season that's coming up.

Louise Master, Allen's Independent School District board president, released a statement about the matter:

Our No. 1 priority must always be the safety of our students, staff and community. We do not have information at this point that confirms any areas outside of the concourse could be affected, but the most prudent thing to do, to absolutely assure the safety of students, staff and the community, is to keep the facility closed during this review.

Eagle Stadium is expected to be closed until at least June. The exact length of the closure is unknown, and the school district believes that the closure will likely have an impact on the football team's schedule in the fall.