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Report: McKinney Stadium Cracks Not a Safety Hazard

Andy Berg

Cracks in the concrete of the $70 million McKinney (Texas) Independent School District’s new football stadium are not a safety hazard according to the second of three forensic engineering reports.

The Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate received a copy of the report, which concluded that, "The cracking at the visitor concourse does not presently compromise the strength of the slabs or otherwise pose a life safety concern."

The report, which was conducted by Nelson Forensics, goes on to note that the cracks are still a problem, as they will allow water to corrode the structure’s reinforcing steel.

Nelson’s analysis found that the stadium’s slab suffered from excessive shrinkage during the drying process, which the firm believes was as a result of an improper water ratio in the mixing of the concrete. 

On Monday, McKinney ISD said it is waiting for confirmation from its engineers on whether the stadium can be opened in time for football season. 

A McKinney spokesman told NBC that tax payers would not be on the hook for any repairs that need to be made to the stadium. "Both Stantec Architecture and Manhattan Construction have agreed to cover all expenses associated with necessary repairs at the stadium. The extent of the repairs and total cost is still being determined. We do not know at this time how much financial responsibility will fall on each party," the spokesman said in an emailed statement.

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