A Dome We Can Call Home
Have you been wondering what that big bubble is in Savage? Some people say it can be seen from as far away as Burnsville High School. It has not always been there; rather it is the newest athletic facility to cater to youths and adults during the cold season.
This new dome was built through a partnership with the Burnsville Athletic Club (BAC), Prior Lake Athletics for Youth (PLAY), Prior Lake Soccer and the city of Savage. It has 108,000 square feet (the Metrodome has 142,515 square feet). Inside, you will find three fields, batting cages and even a golf cage. Athletes involved in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball and football are expected to be the biggest users. The visionaries of this dome didn’t forget about the walkers, runners and families that are not part of the sponsoring organizations because members of the community can jog or walk around the inside of the dome free of charge from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. seven days a week.
This is a win for a lot of our families because they don’t have to travel to places like Vadnais Heights or Faribault to practice indoors.
The dome was officially opened on November 6. Many BAC leaders, athletes and Savage city leaders came back on November 14 to capture the moment on film. The picture below includes Savage Mayor Janet Williams, Council Members Christine Kelly, Gene Abbott and Al McColl, BAC President Sam Griffiths, BAC Commissioners Alise James, Bill John, Brad Schiller, Lisa Day, Stephanie Allen-Haukoos, Terry Border and Todd Scharber, BAC Secretary Marcia Svenby, BAC committee member Monica Carlson and a lot of young BAC athletes from many of the sports that will be using the dome.
It wasn't easy to get it built. Members of the Savage City Council and several city commissions considered the impact to the community and businesses. There were a lot of public meetings and evaluations. In the end, based on the review, the dome was a benefit to everyone. Yes, there was some opposition; but the supporters focused on the value to the community. The community includes the cities of Burnsville and Prior Lake. The youth programs in both these cities cater to Savage residents. This dome will benefit many.
Finally, a dome we can call home.
President of the BAC