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Apr 12, 2011 6:37 PM by Andy Koen

District closes stadium over safety concerns

The Fremont Re-2 School District has closed Husky Stadium at the new Florence High School over safety concerns. Principal Steve Wolfe says the school's graduation ceremony will be moved indoors to the school gymnasium. In the meantime, the physical education classes and the soccer and track teams will continue to use the track and field for practice.

Parents in Florence are being asked to bring lawn chairs to tonight's girls soccer match with James Irwin Charter Academy. The track and field team has not used the stadium to host a track meet since the track surface begain to warp in 2007.

The $18 million high school and stadium have both been plagued by structural damage since opening in 2006. There are several large cracks in the floor and walls of the school cafeteria and gymnasium. Superintendent Cynthia Scriven says that an engineering firm hired by the district to evaluate the safety of their facilities determined that only the stadium needed to be closed.

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