Soccer Centre dome work abandoned

The Calgary Soccer Federation said Monday that all repairs to the Subway Soccer Centre have ceased, and the bubble won't be reinflated.
The inflated dome roof of the Subway Soccer Centre in Calgary collapsed on Nov. 22, possibly as a result of one of the roof's anchors snapping and ripping a hole in the dome. ((CBC))

The Calgary Soccer Federation said Monday that all repairs to the Subway Soccer Centre have ceased.

The bubble dome of the facility collapsed last month, the second time in two years the roof has come down.

The facility at 7000 48th St. S.E. holds five soccer fields, and the collapse has created serious scheduling problems for some 15,000 soccer players in Calgary.

The soccer federation voted unanimously not to reinflate the air-supported bubble.

"The federation felt the health and safety of its members and other user groups was more important than the financial implications to the building," the CSF said in a statement.

"Basically, safety. The building was 10 years old, so there was a lot of other factors such as insurability," said Perry Logan, general manager of the Soccer Centre.

"And ultimately we had too much pushback from our members that did not want to play in there anymore, and we understood that and respected that."

Repairs cost $1M last time

Instead, the group is now looking at developing a plan to replace it with a permanent structure.

The CSF statement said the process of securing government partnerships and alternate funding sources is already underway.

A preliminary report is expected before Christmas, the CSF said.

The investigation into the cause of the collapse is ongoing, but it was suggested shortly after the Nov. 22 incident that one of the roof's anchors snapped and ripped a hole in the dome.

Nobody was under the bubble at the time and there were no injuries.

The first time the dome collapsed was in the early morning hours of Dec. 22, 2008, when a large chunk of ice pressed against the skin of the bubble and deflated it.

That time it took three months and about $1 million to fix the dome.

It's estimated that a new facility could cost $4 to $6 million, depending on what it included. Logan estimated that construction would take six to eight months.