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Monday, April 15, 2019 6:00 am

University sues companies alleging shoddy work at stadium

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio -- The University of Akron is suing several companies about the condition of railings in the school's football stadium, saying shoddy construction and design led to $1 million in needed repairs.

The university lawsuit included photographs that show railings at Infocision Stadium missing chunks of concrete and with big cracks. The school blames problems at the decade-old stadium on poor design, failed oversight and construction deficiencies.

University spokesman Wayne Hill told the Akron Beacon Journal that efforts to resolve the matter without filing a lawsuit were unsuccessful. The stadium built in 2009 cost $71 million and holds about 30,000 people.

Welty Building Co., the construction manager, said a contractor improperly installed railings and Welty has worked continuously with the university for several years to help fix the problem.