Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Allen superintendent: Stadium cracks are 'a black eye' for PBK and Pogue
As the investigation into the extent of the structural damage at Allen ISD's $60 million Eagle Stadium continues, district superintendent Lance Hindt is making it clear that the blame is not on the city or voters, but on those who worked to put the stadium together.
"This is not a black eye for Allen ISD or the community of Allen," Hindt said, alluding to the architecture and construction firms, in an interview with USA Today. "It is a black eye for PBK and Pogue. Absolutely."
The extensive cracking has already forced closure of the stadium through the 2014 season and cost the district more than $600,000 so far, as reported by The Dallas Morning News.
"If you built a house and in two years you found cracking or your staircase could not hold certain weight," Hindt said to USA Today, "you are going to go back and hold the architect and the builder responsible to fix it. There is no difference here, only on a much grander scale."
The stadium saga has brought some interesting stories to the fold, including how the back-to-back defending state champions will have the new challenge of playing a schedule entirely on the road at nearby stadiums in Plano ISD.
The Allen faithful don't seem too worried, as longtime Allen football fan and parent Chris Tripucka has found a way to capitalize on the situation, creating a Road Warriors 2014 T-shirt. The first batch was one of the hottest selling items in his Eagle Designs spirit store in Allen.
"It says at the bottom, home is any place Eagle Nation plays," Tripucka said. "And that's what we as fans of Allen Eagles football team and all sports like to refer to ourselves.
"It has ... by far the most response of any shirt we have done including our back-to-back [champions]."