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Soccer dome decision deflates Calgary soccer association

The Calgary Soccer dome will not be re-inflated due to safety concerns, according to the Calgary Soccer Federation.

The Calgary Soccer Federation has unanimously decided not to reinflate the air-supported bubble structure at the Subway Soccer Centre, which collapsed for the second time in two years last month.

All repairs to the structure have been ceased pending an ongoing safety investigation. The dome had been on track to reopen in January.

This decision will leave three indoor fields, used for both soccer and lacrosse, out of commission.

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

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

Leinweber said between his association, the Calgary Women’s Soccer Association and the Calgary United Soccer Association, as many as 18,000 athletes could be affected by the decision.

 
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