Girard golf dome collapses after storm

Simulators, bar and banquet center still open

Tribune Chronicle / Jon Wysochanski The Creekside Golf Dome on North State Street in Girard collapsed Saturday afternoon because of a buildup of ice and snow. There were no injuries. Owner Tony Latell said a dent was noticed at the top of the dome Friday morning, so it was closed. The rest of the facility, including golf simulators, a banquet hall and sports bar, are still open.

GIRARD — The Creekside Golf Dome collapsed Saturday because of heavy ice and snow.

The 60,000-square foot dome, once 60 feet high, now sits deflated and a small storage shed adjacent to the dome along North State Street is now taller than it. The dome, which covered the length of a football field, has been a fixture in Girard since 1999. The dome is made of a material similar to PVC and is inflated with air.

The dome was closed Friday morning after a dent was noticed in the top, Creekside Golf Dome and Sports Bar owner Tony Latell said.

“We shut down the dome so nobody could go in there,” Latell said. “Some of the people were upset at us a little bit because they wanted to hit balls. But it was a wise decision and nobody was hurt, so that’s what we’re thankful for.”

When a manager opened the establishment Saturday, he noticed a dip in the dome, Latell said, and workers began to mull how to clear the weight that caused the dip. Before a decision was made, it caved in, Latell said.

It’s believed rain Thursday and Friday that preceded freezing ice and snow caused snow to build up and not fall off like it normally would, Latell said, causing an extreme amount of weight.

The golf simulators at the establishment are still open as is the sports bar and banquet center, Latell said. The business will have to talk to the insurance company to determine what the next step, or the fate of the dome, is.

The Girard Fire Department was not called to the property and a firefighter at the station said there were no problems after the collapse. No one was injured.