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Repairs Of Eastern Michigan University's Athletic Dome Depends On The Weather

Dec 15, 2015

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The indoor athletic dome at Eastern Michigan University could be repaired soon-- if weather permits.


Investigation into the collapse of the athletic dome's bubble roof continues. EMU Spokesman Geoff Larcom says the cause was likely a fabric tear.


He says,


“Evaluation of the dome and damage to the fabric is underway at this point. And it’s possible that some re-inflation of the dome could take place in the next several days, which would help determine if other areas are damaged.”

Inflation is weather dependent and will require wind gusts to be less than ten miles per hour.

The facility’s manufacturer, Arizon (air-ehz-on) Structures, had a larger dome collapse in Illinois last August. Officials said the cause was due to heavy rains.


No one was injured in the November 29 incident at EMU.

 Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact her at aleclair@emich.edu.