It’s a situation that the “Property Brothers” would love.
(Yes, that’s an HGTV reference in a football column. Stick with me here.)
If you’re not familiar with the show “Property Brothers,” two brothers – one a real estate agent, the other a licensed contractor – help homeowners buy fixer-uppers and make them their dream homes. The homeowners always have two houses to choose from before making their decision, buying the home and starting the reno process.
And lucky for them, in the past several days, we learned that there are not one, but two football stadiums that are desperately in need of repairs.
Option 1: The $60 Million Mess
It was huge news when it opened in 2012 – the new Allen Eagles high school football stadium in Allen, Texas, that cost $60 million to complete. It claimed national headlines and begged the question as to how big high school football had become.
But now? The Allen Independent School District has a huge mess on its hands.
The stadium, which is less than two years old, will be closed for the 2014 season due to apparent structural deficiencies. Yep. The district spent $60 million on what appears to be a flawed design.
According to the Dallas Morning News, some of the stadium’s support structures were not designed properly to bear the weight of the stadium. Because of this, the structure has been deemed unsafe and will be closed for the entirety of the season. Allen will be forced to play its home football games at nearby school and rival Plano – at a cost of about $5,300 per game.
According to NationalHSFootball.com analyst Dallas Jackson, Allen – which has been a national title contender the past two seasons – is still expected to be in the mix for the 2014 national championship, despite its stadium woes.
Option 2: That Sinking Stadium
It started out as a small hole near the north end zone at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. But once contractors started digging to try to fix the sinkhole, a hole that was 75-feet wide and 40-feet deep in some areas had to be dug to find stable ground.
— CBS Newspath (@cbsnewspath) May 19, 2014
Sinkholes are a common problem near the school, but this one garnered national attention, not only because of its eventual size, but of its high-profile location.
“(It’s) not something you want to get national attention for,” APSU athletic director Derek van der Merwe recently told the Tennessean.
The hole was initially discovered a month ago and was likely caused by rainwater. Repairs are already underway and are not expected to interrupt previously planned construction on the stadium’s surface.
So, which option would you choose? Option 1 or Option 2? (How about … neither?)
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