Renovations at Allen's Eagle Stadium complete

Renovations at Allen Eagle Stadium, the $60 million football palace that was shut down because of structural problems, are complete.

In a few days, the stadium will host the largest high school graduating class in the state of Texas.

The stage is almost set for Allen High School's 1,403 graduating seniors who will walk Friday night.

After 15 months of repairs worth $10 million, the district wants families to know the state's premiere high school stadium is safe.

It wasn't long after the 18,000-seat stadium opened in 2012 that problems started to appear -- cracks in the concourse that got worse over the next year.

The district brought in an inspection firm that found extensive problems with the concourse and load-bearing walls.

In February 2014, the stadium, which is the most expensive high school stadium in the country, was shut down -- a tough decision for the new superintendent.

Now, the cracks are gone and the concourse has a waterproof covering. There are extra columns and beams for structural support.

The scoreboard has a reinforced base, and steel beams were installed for support over the entry gates.

All of the repairs come at no expense to taxpayers or the district -- the $10 million cost and engineering fees are being paid by the contractor, Pogue Construction, and the architect, PBK.

Pogue's president called it a successful partnership with the district.

The stadium re-opening is also welcome news to the varsity football team.

The Allen Eagles won their third consecutive state title last season without playing a single game at home.


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