Timeline: Falling stadium poles



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 4:16 PM


At least 80 defective poles sold by Whitco Co. LLP have been removed because of serious cracks. The following list documents some of the instances in which the poles collapsed:

Oct. 2005, Aberdeen, S.D.: A pole fell at a Northern State University athletic field.

Feb. 2007, Worcester, Mass.: A recently installed pole fell at a field at Worcester Technical High School.

April 2007, Lexington, Ky.: A 90-foot pole fell at Applebee's Park, where the Lexington Legends, a minor league baseball team, played.

December, Midlothian: A 70-foot pole collapsed on a football field.

December, Round Rock: A pole fell at a Round Rock ISD athletic complex.

March, Buda, Texas: A pole crashed into an empty gymnasium at Hays High School near Austin.

April, Sanger: Two poles fell on consecutive days at Sanger ISD's athletic complex.

April, Uniontown, Pa.: An 80-foot pole fell on Uniontown High School's football field during a storm.

SOURCES: Dallas Morning News research; Austin American-Statesman