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Safety concerns keep soccer dome deflated

The Calgary Soccer Federation has halted efforts to reinflate the air-supported bubble structure at the Subway Soccer Centre, which collapsed for the second time in two years last month.

The Calgary Soccer Federation has halted efforts to reinflate the air-supported bubble structure at the Subway Soccer Centre, which collapsed for the second time in two years last month.

A safety investigation is ongoing. However, it is unclear when, if ever, the facility will be opened again.

This decision will leave three indoor fields out of commission, putting further strain on the eight remaining pitches in the city.

Daryl Leinweber, executive director of the Calgary Minor Soccer Association, said he supports the federation’s decision, but added the structure’s collapse has created a logistical “disaster” for the current indoor season.

“The concern has really been the safety, and I think the Calgary Soccer Federation really had to look at that,” he said.

Tim White, coach of the under-14 Calgary Blizzards, said he hopes the federation moves to construct a permanent structure in place of the inflatable facility.

“It might mean some short-term pain for long-term gain,” he said.

Soccer Centre general manager Perry Logan could not be reached for comment regarding the future of the facility.

 
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