Thunder Bay sports dome to offer new services

The Sports Dome in Thunder Bay remains closed to all activities, except soccer — but not for long.
Changes are ahead for Thunder Bay's Sports Dome, as its owner renovates the space to make way for new services. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

The Sports Dome in Thunder Bay remains closed to all activities, except soccer — but not for long.

A spokesperson for the owner said alternatives for the rest of the facility on the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds are under review.

Sandy Boucher said new services will be offered later in the year.

"You're not going to see the same-old, same-old sports dome,” he said. “It's going to be new options, but nothing's carved in stone yet. As soon as it is, trust me, the public will know."

While those plans are under development, Boucher said the soccer field will stay open. 

"We're honouring our commitment to the leagues and any of the activities that were booked on the fields,” Boucher said.

The rest of the dome — including the mini putt, basketball court and party rooms — is closed because the owner wants to make some changes to the space so that it can be used for "exciting new options.”

Because any changes may involve moving things around, Boucher said they're not going to book anything for that space. The change took effect at the end of June.

"The last thing we want is to make a commitment to someone and not be able to honour it,” he said.

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