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ALLEN The first phase of repair work on Allen ISD's $60 million Eagle Stadium will begin this week, the district announced in a press release.

Repairs will include drilling new piers and installing new supports for the stadium's scoreboard.

The architects that designed the stadium, PBK Architects, and the district's long-time general contractor, Pogue Construction, are again working together to make fixes on the stadium.

The cost for the first step in repairing the stadium will be $279,994, but the district said it has already received a check for that amount from PBK Architects. Last week, the Allen ISD board approved the use of existing bonds to help expedite the repair process, but those won't be used for this stage of the repairs.

Pogue Construction will perform the scoreboard repairs.

'With the payment from PBK, no bond funds will be used for the first phase,' said Allen ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt. 'Both PBK and Pogue have committed to getting the stadium up and running at no cost to the district. The payment from PBK demonstrates that commitment.'

According to the district release, as cost estimates are completed for other necessary repairs to the stadium, 'the school district will continue to seek reimbursement from PBK Architects or Pogue Construction for those repairs.'

Hindt said the district is still targeting May 2015 to complete the repairs, but cautioned that there was a lot of work to be done between now and then.

Eagle Stadium was closed for repairs in February 2014 after deep cracks developed in the stadium concourse. Built in 2012 as part of a $120 million bond issue, the stadium seats 18,000 people and sports a 38-foot-wide video board.

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