• Monica Rivera

Air-supported dome to cover Herb Parker field

The long anticipated seasonal air-supported multi-sport dome arrived at Minot State University last spring and is expected to be raised by the end of November, according to Andrew Carter, MSU athletic director.

“The manufacturer is sending two men to serve as foreman and Minot State will be working on providing the labor instead of spending $35,000 for labor,” Carter said.

The dome is a massive air-inflated fabric that will cover Minot State’s turf at Herb Parker Stadium to create a facility that all outdoor sports will be able to practice under no matter the weather.

“(We) want the facility to get used because it’s a great opportunity for students,” Carter said.

The temperature inside will be between 48 and 58 degrees through the winter, but North Dakota weather poses some risks.

“Our biggest problem that should run up is the weather because even though it has a sensor blower that kicks up, we will still have to make sure to keep the snow off so it doesn’t turn into ice and poke a hole,” Carter said.

It is yet to be determined who will remove snow and ice.

“Expect that it’s going to be a work in progress,” Carter said.

The structure cost approximately $2 million. A $1 million grant from the city of Minot’s Community Facilities Fund and private donations funded the dome.

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