Strong winds blow the bubble away
Minot State Athletics suffered a huge blow last night when the air-supported seasonal bubble literally flew away. According to Philip Green, student athletics director, the incident was caused by a freak windstorm. The National Weather Service recorded winds in Minot in excess of 100 mph.
The windstorm caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to the bubble, which will have to be replaced. The bubble provides critical infrastructure for MSU Athletics by shielding student-athletes from cold spring temperatures, allowing sports such as softball, baseball, and football to carry out practices and events.
“We estimate that the bubble suffered the structural failure somewhere between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Tuesday evening. The wind did a lot of damage, but most of it was actually caused to the lining of the bubble itself,” Green said.
According to MSU President Dr. Don Sherley, bubble lining was found in the yards of residents living above the dome and track & field area of Minot State University. Residents called the Minot Police department after waking up in the morning and seeing bubble debris in their yard.
“It’s a crazy thing that happened. In all my years at Minot State, I have never heard of such a thing. Campus donors have already responded with firm resolve to support us in whatever we decide regarding replacement of the bubble. It’s comforting to know we have such a great support system here at Minot State,” Sherley said.
Minot State Athletics will continue to move forward with practice schedules. Green said that they will have to be more creative with the space that they have left. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will continue to improve throughout the week, with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s and lows hovering around freezing.
Minot State baseball starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is optimistic and expressed that the team is not going to slow down because of a little North Dakota cold and wind.
“All the guys here on the team are really excited to continue playing the sport they love despite this whole bubble blow-up fiasco,” Kershaw said. “The only difference is that we may have to dress a little warmer.”