The Muncy Dome, a deflated defeat
MUNCY – During icy conditions in last week’s winter storm, the Generation Sports Complex Dome in Muncy Township collapsed.
It is unknown at this time if it was due to a mechanical dysfunction or if it was weather related.
Manager, Randy Grieg says that he is unclear as to what really has happened at this time. He was on the scene early Wednesday morning shortly after the collapse but isn’t sure to comment on its cause. For now it is temporarily closed, he said. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, everything was functioning normally he said when the last employee left. But the next morning it was collapsed.
One of the company’s employees called and when Grieg arrived that morning, it was totally collapsed to his surprise. Once towering nearly 75 feet in the air, the Dome now sagged over the ground. The extent of the damage is still unknown. No one was inside the Dome at the time, and no injuries were reported.
This is the second collapse in the Dome’s short history. In February 2007, shortly after it was built, the complex suffered a partial collapse after heavy snow caused the roof to cave in, and a goal post ripped a 15-foot hole in it.
Constructed in the fall of 2006 with three layers of Kevlar, the Dome has been host to many athletic events and team competitions as well as outdoor organizations. It was designed to withstand winds up to 150 mph.
The Dome has 135,000 square feet equipped for field sports, training, tournaments, leagues and special events.
“We are very sure that the Dome will reopen and be in full function as soon as possible once the investigation is completed,” added Grieg. There are a lot of teams that need rescheduled who have made arrangements to use the Dome.