In a letter to parents, Shattuck-St. Mary’s Head of School Matthew Cavellier announced that the school’s field house, known as the “Dome,” collapsed shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Over the last 24 hours of this “winter” storm we have accumulated quite a bit of snow around campus. Like all of our other buildings, the snow accumulated on the Dane Family Field House (the “Dome”) as well, and, unfortunately, like the Metrodome several years back, it has collapsed. We had closed the Dome as a precautionary measure, so, thankfully, no one was hurt,” he wrote.
“We have already reached out to our insurance company and we expect to have it ready for the fall. Our soccer coaches will work directly with their COE directors and the Sports Complex Manager, Cale Politoski, to schedule practice times in an effort to minimize the impact on training.”
Amy Wolf, the school’s director of marketing & communications, likened it to the December 2010 collapse of the Metrodome roof, which fell when nearly two feet of snow fell in the Twin Cities area.
A Vadnais Heights dome, used for soccer, baseball, football and other sports, also collapsed over the weekend due to heavy snow. 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 said the air handling equipment was working and wasn’t the cause of the collapse. County spokesperson Deborah Carter McCoy said all rentals of the space have been suspended.
Weekend snowfall totals in the Faribault area range from 6 to 15 inches, with Waterville getting 7.9, Nerstrand and Owatonna reported almost 8.5 inches, and Farmington 15. Cities in the north metro recorded even higher totals, with Maple Grove reporting 22 inches of snow.
SSM’s 87,500 square foot dome was constructed in 2006. It’s home to six of the school’s soccer teams, its lacrosse team and ultimate frisbee team.
During the winter, the soccer teams use the field for practices as well as games, tournaments and showcases. In the mornings, area residents use the Dome as a warm place to walk or jog.
The Dundas Dome, just north on Hwy. 3, weathered the storm and remained inflated, though Sherry Foster, one of the building’s owners, on Sunday said the dome material was “slightly strained” from the heavy snow.
The SSM field house is named for the Dane family, which traces its Shattuck-St. Mary’s roots to 1907, according to the school’s website. John Dane, a member of the class of 1940, his brother and son Jim are Shattuck grads. John’s other son Jack is a 1975 SSM graduate.