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UPDATE: Large Crack in Scheels Arena Floor has Some Concerned

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An update to a story Valley News Live first told you about on Monday May 5, 2014  about a large crack on the concourse at Scheels Arena.
The city of Fargo inspected the building Tuesday and says it's just a "topping" issue. Which means the floor finish is cracking, rather than the actual structure.

The general manager of Scheels Arena told us yesterday that the crack has been there since the arena was built. After our report the city inspector says various cracks have been temporarily fixed, but suggests that the building owner should contact engineers to find out what's causing it.

"If it is cosmetic we will have them tell us how they plan to make an adequate a little longer term fix of the cosmetic appearance of the plank," say City of Fargo Inspections Administrator Ron Strand.

  The city inspector found two other cracks at Scheels Arena today. He says they do not seem to be a safety issue yet, but hopes Scheels Arena will have it fixed before it becomes a problem.

Original Story

Small cracks are common to see in concrete but large ones can be concerning. A viewer contacted Valley News Live after noticing a large crack in the floor while attending a vintage car show this past weekend at Scheels Arena. The crack is on the main concourse in the north east corner of the arena and is big enough to see people walking around on the floor below.

Valley News Team's Ashley Bishop reached out to a variety of entities and no one would comment on camera regarding the crack or the possible dangers of it.  Monday morning, we made the city aware of the crack and the possibility of falling concrete. When shown the video, city engineers were shocked and said they would be sending in an inspection team to Scheels Arena on Tuesday.

Scheels Arena General Manager Jon Kram said all concrete settles, and it is on their list to fix this summer. When we asked Kram to go on camera, he said it is "not in our favor to go on camera."  Kram did say the orange lines within the concrete are part of the geo-thermal heating and cooling system. He also said the crack has been there since day one.

Cracks are common in the concrete industry, but according to the North America Concrete Foundation Association, cracks that are a quarter inch wide or larger can cause concern. We will continue to follow this story and will bring you update after the city of Fargo is able to get an inspector on scene to look at the crack.

A concerned viewer contacted us about this story. If you see an issue in your community that you would like us to dig into call our whistleblower hotline.  The number is 701-237-6576. Just call and leave your tip and we'll do our best to get to the bottom of it.
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