Vadnais Sports Center Dome Closure
Update November: To prevent further damage to county assets and to ensure safety and security are maintained on site, winterization of the dome structure has begun. This process will include removal of damaged turf, disconnecting electrical systems, winterization of water lines, and deflating and removing the damaged dome membrane and cable system. This process is expected to be completed by January 2019.
The Board of Commissioners continue work on determining a future direction for the dome. A decision is expected by spring of 2019.
Update October: The Vadnais Sports Center dome will not be open for reservations for the end of 2018 and the winter/spring season of 2019. The Ramsey County Board is working to determine a future direction for the facility. Once a determination has been made a notification will be posted on this site. In the meantime, the Parks & Recreation Department will be deflating the dome and will keep the site safe and secure.
Update August: After assessing damage, the county released a request for bid in search of the cost to repair the dome. Our main goals with the next steps are safety and structural integrity. The county continues to work aggressively to resolve the issue. It is unlikely that repairs will be completed for the 2018 fall season. Once a plan for moving forward is developed, an updated communication will be released.
Update May 2018: The dome is partially inflated at this time while maintenance crews remove equipment and inspect netting. The dome remains closed for public use.
On April 15, due to historic snowfall in Vadnais Heights the sports dome at Vadnais Sports Center collapsed.
The dome is closed and all turf programs and rentals are currently suspended. Field and batting cage rentals are not available at this time.
Parks & Recreation employees are contacting customers with reservations at the dome. Customers with questions regarding their reservations should contact the Parks & Recreation office.
The ice rinks, weight room and meeting room at Vadnais Sports Center remain open.
No one was inside the dome at the time and no one was injured when the dome fell. An employee on site at the time of collapse was able to confirm that air handling units were working properly and were not the cause for collapse. A full damage assessment will be performed as weather conditions allow. County officials are working to determine a timeline for repair.
Updates will be posted as they become available.