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Fargo’s Sports Bubble deflates, leaving golfers out in the cold again

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The Sports Bubble at 2761 12th Ave. S. in Fargo collapsed on Friday, April 13, 2018. David Samson / The Forum2 / 2

FARGO – The Sports Bubble, an indoor sports facility popular among golfers during the winter months, collapsed Friday, April 13, after a tear deflated the air-pressured roof.

About 1:15 p.m., wind caused the roof’s fabric to tear, co-owner Jerry Novacek said. Two or three people were inside the structure and got out safely.

Novacek described the tear like a “zipper,” tearing the roof in half.

Despite the large tear, the dome, at 2761 12th Ave. South, still took its time deflating. Novacek, who was at home at the time of the tear, said it still took 30 to 40 minutes to flatten.

“There’s no chance of anyone getting hurt,” Novacek said.

The Sports Bubble had been closed for much of this winter before it was reopened Feb. 24. As recently as this week, Sheyenne High School’s boys golf team of West Fargo was practicing inside the dome due to inclement weather.

Novacek said the Bemidji (Minn.) High School team had planned to use the Sports Bubble for an upcoming session.

“Every high school team within 100 miles (was coming to the bubble),” Novacek said.

Novacek said the roof will not be repaired this season.

Friday’s dome deflation marks the second time it’s happened in the past two years. The Sports Bubble last deflated Dec. 14. Monty Gerdon, who worked across the street from the inflatable dome, said he noticed a large tear in the northwest corner of the facility’s roof and was able to record a time-lapse video of the dome’s deflation.

Gerdon was once again able to record the dome deflating on Friday and posted the video to his Facebook page.

The bubble also deflated in December 2014 after an equipment failure and over the Fourth of July holiday in 1999 due to a windstorm.