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      Concourse cracks lead to Carolina Stadium repairs

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- If you've driven by Carolina Stadium recently you've likely seen a lot of large construction equipment outside the left field wall.

      University of South Carolina athletic officials say don't worry, the recent rains are not washing away the home of Gamecock baseball, but the 5-year-old stadium does need some repairs.

      According to the university the ground the stadium is built on along the Congaree River settled more after construction than anticipated. This settling has caused cracks in the concourse and facade leading to the need for repairs.

      Repairs are estimated at $5 million, and in May USC trustees approved using athletics operating funds to pay for the work. The university trying to recover the cost of repairs from the firms involved in the initial construction of the stadium.

      â??We paid for a world class facility and thatâ??s what we expect to have,â?? said university architect Derek Gruner, director of facilities planning and programming.

      Construction began shortly after the baseball season ended and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2014 season.

      The $35-plus million Carolina Stadium was completed in 2009.