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Federal agency reviewing ECU bleacher collapse

Posted September 12, 2010

— The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has started an investigation into a bleacher collapse during a football game at East Carolina University.

Ten rows of bleachers in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium occupied by about 100 students collapsed during ECU's season opener against Tulsa Sept. 5. Around a dozen students suffered minor injuries.

CBS News affiliate WCNT reports that an official with the Consumer Products Safety Commission was on campus Friday. The commission is reviewing the bleachers, the concrete and building plans.

ECU officials told WCNT that the bleachers somehow became unattached to the concrete of the stadium. The bleachers were in a new addition to the student section built over the summer.

Crews removed about 30 bleachers after the collapse. Work to re-attach them wasn't expected to occur until after the Sept. 11 football game.


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  • Wade Land Sep 13, 2010

    OK, I didn't consider ticket sales to be privately funded. Privately funded to me meant that folks gave their money to this project specifically and that money was used to build the facility. In this case, ECU has a loan that it has to pay and the funds will hopefully come from ticket sales. If ticket sales only can't make the payment, then the PC and more specifically donors from the PC will have to stroke the check. I guess we just had a miscommunication as to what privately funded meant.

  • csm0922 Sep 13, 2010

    and here is the link where you can find the information. http://www.ecupirates.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/090910aaa.html 5th paragraph down

  • csm0922 Sep 13, 2010

    It was built with funds from the pirate club, private donations, and from ticket sales.

  • kewlmom Sep 13, 2010

    pbjbeach, that was such a horrid run-on statement I could not make sense of it. Would you care to resubmit with punctuation so that your statement is rendered sensible?

  • Wade Land Sep 13, 2010

    csm0922, you might want to recheck your facts because they are wrong. This was not a privately funded project. However, even if it was that should have no bearing on whether or not the feds are investigating.

  • cary1969 Sep 13, 2010

    pbjbeach...huh? what ?

  • dsalter Sep 13, 2010

    No need for shoddy work even though most are done by bid. Build it right the first time.

  • csm0922 Sep 13, 2010

    this was a completely privately funded project at dowdy ficklen stadium. No public or student money was used to build the expansion.

  • pbjbeach Sep 13, 2010

    I would say that it is about time that the feds begin to get envolved in this failure issues of failing work that has been performed with the use of federal funding an especially so in the areas of highway contruction issues where there has been repeatly failures of pavement structures an concrete pavements an asphalt construted pavement at various construction project through out the state they need to be throughly investigated if you ask me thank you