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ETX school stadium shares architect with 'cracking' $60 million Allen stadium

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A $60 million Texas high school football stadium has been closed indefinitely after cracks were found in its concrete. It turns out the same architect who designed that stadium in Allen also designed another new football stadium right here in East Texas.     
 
First thing Friday morning, an engineer and the Pine Tree Independent School District facility services director were at the new Pirate Stadium in Longview. After an extensive walk-through, district officials say they're confident everything is holding up just fine.

"There isn't anything that would make us have any concerns," says Pine Tree ISD Superintendent TJ Farler.

The walk-through comes just a day after a massive North Texas stadium, designed by the same architect Pine Tree used, started making headlines once again. When Eagle Stadium in Allen was built, the $60 million price tag captured attention across the country. Now, cracks in the stadium's concrete concourse are not going unnoticed.

"The two stadiums are very different. Their stadium is just a very different type of design than ours, and I feel very comfortable with our work," expresses Farler.

The Allen stadium is closed indefinitely and an independent engineering company is evaluating the problem. Officials at Pine Tree say their stadium is still under warranty, but so far, they feel good about the finished product.

"We will still be in our warranty period for a good six months more. We'll keep an eye on everything. After that, we'll do regular inspections with our own staff," explains Farler.

Despite both using PBK Architects, the school districts did use different contractors. Pine Tree ISD says they're confident that Pirate Stadium is safe for the community and their students.

PBK Architects has designed other Texas football stadiums, including some in Waco and Paris. An investigation into what exactly caused the cracking at the Allen stadium will not be finished until June.

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