Dome to be done mid-September

Dome to be done mid-September Construction on the new DakotaDome roof has passed the halfway point as crews now have 14 of 28 steel beams in place.

Ken Schmidt, director of planning and construction for The University of South Dakota, said the completion date for the project has been pushed back to mid-September instead of mid-August, as originally planned. Poor weather conditions this spring slowed work on the project.

"They are building as fast as they can," Schmidt said. "The old fabric dome that is down is gradually failing and tearing in spots from wind and rain. The old dome in its deflated state is not going to protect the inside for very long."

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