Vadnais Heights sports dome collapses under foot of snow

VSC dome collapses
An historic weekend blizzard brought down the Vadnais Heights sports dome Sunday.
Courtesy of North East United Soccer Club voia

The record April snow has collapsed another sports dome in the Twin Cities — the Vadnais Heights sports dome.

Back in December of 2010, a snowstorm dumped 17 inches of snow on Minneapolis, and the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight.

In Vadnais Heights, more than a foot of wet and heavy snow led to the collapse of the air-supported dome, used for soccer, baseball, football and other sports. The dome covers one-and-a-half soccer fields.

Ramsey County officials say no one was in the dome at the time and no one was hurt. A posting on the facility's website says that an employee on site found the air handling equipment was working and wasn't the cause of the collapse.

Snowfall totals across the upper Midwest in the April blizzard
Snowfall totals across the upper Midwest in the April blizzard
Will Lager | MPR News

County spokesperson Deborah Carter McCoy said all rentals of the space have been suspended.

"The weather looks clear this morning, fortunately for everyone," said Carter McCoy. "We're going to start the full damage assessment as soon as we can get into there."

She said there's no timetable for getting the dome fixed. The ice rinks, weight room and meeting room at the sports center remain open.

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