January 12, 2016 2:18 pm
Updated: January 12, 2016 2:31 pm

Baie d’Urfé soccer complex back in business after dome tears

WATCH ABOVE: The Baie d'Urfe soccer dome that tore and collapsed during snow removal on Jan. 1 should be back up and running by Tuesday tonight. As Kelly Greig reports, local soccer players are anxious to get back back on the field.


BAIE D’URFÉ – The clean-up is on at Baie d’Urfé’s Multi-Sport Volkswagen des Sources Dome (SCITEC).

Crews were working hard early Tuesday morning, getting the dome ready for the first day of soccer after an accident left it looking more like a pancake.

Operator Philipp Schumacher said there’s nothing to worry about now.

“Soccer mums who had nothing else to do, now they can come back,” he said.

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The dome came down after the canvas was torn during routine snow removal.

Engineers were brought in to help repair the structure.

“When one tear occurs and then another tear occurs the dome deflates,” said Schumacher.

“There are many obstacles to getting it back into place.”

READ MORE: Baie d’Urfé sports dome crumples during snow removal

Eric Harroch works at the restaurant inside the facility’s building.

He told Global News he was worried about the loss of business while it was closed.

“Honestly, we panicked as well,” he said.

“We didn’t know how long it was going to be, but there were workers here around the clock.”

The incident left nearly 1,000 competitive soccer players at the Lakeshore Soccer Club out in the cold as the dome is their main winter training facility.

Baie d’Urfé sports dome crumples

Director General Kelly-Anne Soutter said she was worried there would be more setbacks with nasty weather.

“You have no idea how relieved I am,” she said.

“When we had the windstorm two nights ago I totally thought we would see that dome overhead like a big old kite.”

Schumacher insisted that the structure is safe, the only repairs left to be done now are cosmetic.

“Everything is good to go, we still have some cosmetic things to take care of but it doesn’t stop the stability of the structure,” he said.

With the dome back up and running again, a full slate of players are eagerly waiting to hit the pitch.

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