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
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Plumbing system failures that caused sewage stench to permeate the locker room 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's renovation.

Multiple plumbing system failures forced the OSU football team to abandon the new facility for about five months in spring 2011 while contractors dug up concrete floors to fix the problems, officials said.

Although it seems odd for the university to sue its own support organization, Cowboy Athletics Inc. is named as a defendant in the lawsuit because it served as general contractor on the renovation project, the lawsuit indicates.

Cowboy Athletics Inc. is a nonprofit corporation formed to raise money to support OSU athletic organizations and educational programs.

It is considered a component of the university, according to the organization's audited financial statements.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Cowboy Athletics Facilities LLC; Jackson Boiler & Tank Co.; United Mechanical Inc.; Flintco LLC; K&M Shillingford Inc.; PVI Industries LLC; and Crafton, Tull & Associates Inc.

A break in a plastic drain pipe joint under the concrete floor in the west end of Boone Pickens Stadium was discovered in March 2011, about a year after west end renovations were completed, the lawsuit states.


by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau 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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