Snowfall causes bubble roof at Tennis Center to collapse

The heavy snowfall that hit Grand Junction on Monday night and Tuesday morning did more than close schools and government offices.

The 8.5 inches of snow was so heavy, it caused the inflated bubble at the Tennis Center at Grand Junction to collapse.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Tennis Center General Manager Roger Speyer said. “It built up on the roof and collapsed all the way down to the court surface. There was probably a foot or more on it.”

Speyer said the bubble collapsed between 9 and 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, shortly after he arrived at the facility at 535 25 1/2 Road.

“There were minor tears in the fabric, but those are easily repairable,” Speyer said. “The major damage was to the lighting system. We’re going to have to repair some lights.”

There are 34 light fixtures in the four-court indoor facility, but not all of them were damaged.

Speyer is waiting for quotes on repairs for the lights, which he expects to be completed by Christmas.

The bubble was back up by 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, and there were even some members willing to play in the facility with limited lighting, Speyer said. The Tennis Center will allow players to play indoors until repairs are made to the lights.


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