During a wind storm on New Year’s Eve, the Glacier Ridge Park dome collapsed from a microburst, leaving owner Doug Miller with over $100,000 in damages. Yet he says significant work has been done, and certain sports practices are still active, particularly Lancers soccer. “You know, our Lancers program, you know from going from indoor to outdoor, this is the season. Some nights have been a bit chilly.”
Miller says the dome collapse actually provided a new opportunity. “What we’re standing on right now, the concrete is going to be removed and we’re going to have a full-size soccer field inside.”
They plan on rebuilding stronger with a full cable bias system, meaning added cables, that can sustain wind loads up to 150 miles per hour. Also, a new lighting system and stronger dome fabric. But before they can rebuild, there are some hurdles to clear.
Miller hopes to have a new structure in place by August, but right now, it’s a back and forth with the insurance company in Virginia. “14 weeks ago when they came out, it was a complete loss. You know, now it’s time for me to move forward, you know, they’re trying to fight everything,” he adds. “If they had just done it properly, I could be rebuilding right now.”
But through all the rubble, Miller continues to rebuild and reconstruct and not lose sight of his end goal. “Things happen for a reason, I’m not really sure, but, God does all things for His good. It’s going to be even better than it was before.”
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