I am more than a bit close to this story since I was one of the people inside the Dallas Cowboys practice facility that collapsed in the spring of 2009. How none of us was killed that day is baffling.
According to this report by AP writer Danny Robbins, the company that built and designed this piece of garbage knew it might fall.
No blank. It was not a facility. It was a tent.
When Mother Nature wants to, it can make anything fall, especially a giant bed sheet wrapped over a metal frame.
In this story Robbins writes: "The documents reveal that Summit knew the facility was prone to buckling and planned to provide the Cowboys, who had complained about the building's structural integrity, with engineering calculations that would hide the defect."
I have been critical of the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones' "no comment" stance attitude towards this subject, which I have always understood from a legal aspect, but at least this shows they were aware there could be a problem.
The thing was nothing more than junk with a giant star logo on the exterior. Before I ran like hell out of the exit I clearly recall one corner of the structure being lifted up from the ground while the top buckled and caved towards us as the door we were running through collapsed.
So, Summitt Structures LLC, you were right - it was indeed prone to buckling.
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