TRURO - The Cougar Dome has been deflated in preparation for Wednesday's forecasted storm.
The Cougar Dome was taken down Tuesday as a precautionary measure due to Wednesday's forecasted sorm. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News
Manager Tanya Colburne said taking the $2.2-million air-supported structure down is simply a precautionary measure.
"This way its unlikely there will be any significant damage or any damage at all and means we will only be down for a day or two as opposed to a couple months if we decided to leave it up and risk it."
The process was started at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday and took less than an hour to complete.
Officials at the dome spoke with the building's constructors, the Farley Group based in Guelph, Ont., earlier in the day. It was recommended to the staff at that time the dome should be taken down as winds are forecasted to gust up to 100km/h on Wednesday afternoon.
The structure, which includes artificial turf, tennis courts and a running track among other things, was inflated for the first time in late December and opened to users in early January.