What Happens Next With The Collapsed Dome At EMU?

Nov 30, 2015

The indoor athletic practice facility dome at Eastern Michigan University is still closed after it collapsed Sunday morning.


There is no word yet of when the 86 thousand square foot air-supported facility will reopen after its fabric split causing it to deflate.

EMU spokesperson Geoff Larcom says the university is working with the company who assembled the dome to get answers.  They still don't know why it split and how much it will cost to repair the dome that gets inspected annually.

No one was injured during the incident.  This is also not the first time the fabric has split at the dome. The other previous incident was in 2011 when there was a partial tear in the roof fabric that resulted from an anchoring system failure.  The building stayed inflated and the tear was patched and repaired within several days.

Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu