Repairs to $60M high school stadium set to begin

FILE - This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows 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)
FILE - This Aug. 28, 2012 file photo shows 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)

ALLEN, Texas (AP) — Repair work on a $60 million high school football stadium in North Texas is scheduled to start this week.

Work is expected to begin Tuesday with fixes to the main scoreboard that include drilling new piers and installing new supports for it.

Allen school officials closed the stadium this year after structural cracks and other problems were found. The arena was built just two years ago and seats 18,000 people. Forensic engineers reported finding extensive design flaws, which Superintendent Lance Hindt has called “engineering failures.”

Hindt says the architects that designed the stadium and a construction firm that built the arena are working to fix the problems. He says they’re making the repairs at no cost to the district.

School district officials want to reopen the stadium by May 2015.

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