Cleveland High School "Raider Dome" Closed

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 12/03/2013 7:17 pm
CLEVELAND, TN, (WDEF)-Nearly a half century old and showing cracks, the Cleveland High Dome has shifted slightly over time and is now too dangerous.

Martin Ringstaff, Superintendent of Schools, "Their research is showing its unstable and recommend we not use the gym if the wind gusts over 30mph or there's two or more inches of snow sitting atop of it"

Ringstaff says the risks to their students are too high.

"In our opinion that is already too dangerous, we should not be looking at weather patterns to figure out if we are going to play basketball or have class"

For Athletic Director Eric Phillips there is only one Raider Dome.
"We have  had great battles here, great basketball games, tremendous wrestling matches, great PE classes, it's the dome"

The walls of the arena built in the 1960s have been showing cracks inside and out in recent months.

City Council officials say a decision will be made shortly on the future of the dome, as it's an important part of the sporting heritage here in Cleveland Tennessee

City CouncilMan Dr Bill Estes,"Discussions that need to take place in the next couple of weeks, about the integrity of the building, can it be salvaged, can it come down, and then how do we fix it and how we do pay for it, I think we as in the city council have a great relationship with the school board"

A team of engineers and architects are currently reviewing the building and a decision on its future could be made by the end of next month.

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