$60 million high school football stadium in Texas deemed unsafe

The Baltimore Sun

When building a stadium for high school sports, you apparently do not always get what you pay for.

A $60 million stadium for high school football games in Allen, Texas, has been deemed unsafe by district officials, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday.

That means games won't be played at Eagle Stadium during the 2014 season. The stadium was closed in February when engineers found concrete was cracking because of design deficiencies in the 18,000-seat venue.

Several schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area have turf athletic fields -- which can cost around $1 million -- but that's a long way from what Texas voters approved in 2009.

The largest recent projects in the area have been considerably more modest.

Baltimore County has budgeted $2 million in the next fiscal year for various field improvements at Towson and Dundalk high schools and the new Catonsville Regional Park.

McDonogh recently announced that 2005 graduate Darrius Heyward-Bey would pay for stadium lights at the Owings Mills school, a cost that could be in the six-figure range.

The Allen stadium was more in line with the cost of college basketball arenas recently built or planned in the Baltimore suburbs. Towson's 5,200-seat SECU Arena, which opened last year, cost $70 million. UMBC, meanwhile, is planning to build an $85 million arena on its Catonsville campus.



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