On Aug. 5, the Blaine City Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a new seasonal domed sports facility at the National Sports Center, which will be up by next winter.
The National Sports Center seasonal dome will be air supported and have a fabric structure. It will be 117,260 square feet and 110 feet high.
The seasonal dome will be built on the National Sports Center’s Stadium located at 1700 105th Ave. NE, and will be connected to the facility’s welcome center.
“We don’t see any issues, and we think it will work out quite well there,” said Blaine Community Development Director Erik Thorvig.
The dome will be 1,000 feet from the nearest road and be behind other buildings on the complex. The dome will be stored at a proposed new maintenance facility at the National Sports Center that’s pending approval by Minnesota Legislature Bonding Committee this September.
The seasonal dome is planned to allow for more sports to be played during the winter months such as golf, baseball, softball and football.
The structure will only be allowed to be erected for 180 consecutive days from November through March. The National Sports Center will need to get a tent permit from the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department every season the dome is used.
The structure is expected to be installed this November. The National Sports Center said it will use its own staff to erect the complex.