January 20, 2021

The golf dome collapsed after heavy snowfall in Calgary

The golf dome in Southeastern Coalfield collapsed Tuesday evening.

Police received a call at 9:20 pm from a neighbor living near the dome at 50 50th Avenue SE.

Coal fire, EMS and police responded to the scene – police say it initially did not look like anyone was inside the dome at the time of the crash.

EMS said they did not take anyone to the hospital.

Bat. Chief Alistair Robin said part of the dome is still supported by its internal structure, so the business owner was able to go inside and retrieve the computer equipment.

The cause of the collapse of the dome was not immediately known, but it did occur one day after heavy snowfall. (Sarah Reiger / CBC)

It is not yet known if the structure failed due to heavy snowfall, after 20-40 centimeters of blanketing of the city and surrounding areas, or associated with fans used to elevate the structure, Robin said.

The crew turned off gas, water and electricity to the building, and security is expected to remain on site overnight until crews see better in the morning, he said.

The dome was closed due to Alberta Health Services restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, according to the National Golf Academy’s website.

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