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Oklahoma State University sues over stadium plumbing problems

Failures in the plumbing system of Oklahoma State University's newly renovated football stadium have prompted the university and its insurers to file a negligence lawsuit against Cowboy Athletics Inc. and others involved in the stadium renovation.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 2, 2013

Upon closer inspection, OSU officials discovered about 15 separate breaks in the piping system and a blockage caused by gravel in the pipe.

The breaks were caused by flaws in the design, manufacture and installation of equipment that allowed hot water to be discharged directly into a piping system that wasn't properly equipped to handle the resulting expansion and contraction, the lawsuit alleges.

OSU had to move its football team to an alternate facility so the concrete flooring and floor covering could be removed and the plastic drain pipe replaced with cast iron piping, the lawsuit states.

OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said all necessary repairs have been made, and the plumbing system in the west end of the stadium is now in working order.

The university and its insurers have been negotiating with contractors to resolve financial responsibility for problems, he said, adding that the lawsuit was filed because the statute of limitations was approaching.

“We cannot comment further because of the pending litigation,” he said.

OSU and its insurers are asking for unspecified damages in excess of $75,000. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Payne County District Court.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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