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How safe is Cardinal Stadium?

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The Kentucky State Fair Board met Thursday. The Kentucky State Fair Board met Thursday.
The old Cardinal Stadium. The old Cardinal Stadium.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Kentucky State Fair Board is waiting to hear from the state's Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction on how safe or unsafe Cardinal Stadium may be.

The Fair Board already announced no one will be allowed in the grandstands this year. Thursday they announced the structure has been 80 percent cleared out.

President Rip Rippetoe said at this point, there is no turning back, "It's not if but when will those grandstands come down."

Despite the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction Department's finding, it will likely make no difference. The Department could re-emphasize the need for demolition or suggest repairs.

Rippetoe said repairs, however, would not be cost-effective. "It's not practical to do the repairs." He explained, "It would be tens of millions of dollars."

At this year's state fair, concert go-ers will be allowed in the stadium but will have to watch concerts from the field. They will have to keep a safe distance from the grandstands. A distance to be determined on Friday when the Inspection report is released. 

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