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McKinney ISD To Hold First Football Game At New $70 Million Stadium Despite Cracks

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Architectural rendering of the McKinney ISD Stadium and Community Event Center in McKinney.

The McKinney school district will hold its first game Thursday night at its new $69.9 million football stadium, despite large cracks found in the home and visitor concourses and the lower bowl wall.

Two investigative reports released so far say the cracks are not a life-and-safety concern. A third report hasn't been released yet, but the engineering firm Nelson Forensics has warned the cracks could widen and corrode the reinforcing steel without repair.

Still, that's a less severe problem than neighboring Allen ISD faced a few years ago. The district had to close its new football stadium for 15 months to make $10 million in repairs after cracks indicated the potential for collapse of a suspended concourse.

In McKinney, the new 12,000-seat facility replaces the 7,000-seat Ron Poe Stadium, built in 1962. Voters approved the divisive project in May 2016 as part of a $220 million bond package. 

The stadium is one of now several massive — and massively expensive — pigskin palaces across the state. Allen started the trend in 2012 when it opened its $59.6 million, 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium. Last year, the Katy school district opened Legacy Stadium, which seats 12,000 and cost a whopping $72.2 million. In North Texas, Prosper ISD will open a $51 million football stadium in 2019 for another 12,000 fans.

Take a look at the new stadium

Video from The Dallas Morning News