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Superior Dome

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Identification

Superior Dome
258747

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Structure in General

stadium
existing [completed]
modernism

Usages

american football

Facts

  • The Superior Dome is the largest wooden dome in the world.
  • The dome stands 14 stories in height, and contains 5.1 acres under the roof.
  • The dome has a permanent seating capacity of 8,000, but can hold as many as 16,000 people for special events.
  • Underneath the turf, which is over an air cushion and 12 computerized winches, lies three basketball/volleyball courts, two tennis courts, and a 200-meter track.
  • The dome can withstand 60 pounds of snow per square foot, and withstand 80 mile per hour winds.
  • The dome contains the largest retractable artificial turf carpet in the world and can accommodate football, soccer, and field hockey.
  • The dome is constructed with 781 Douglas Fir beams, and 108.5 miles of Douglas Fir decking.
  • The dome has been constructed in phases; the actual dome structure was completed between 1989 and 1991, and the interior was fully finished between 1994 and 1995, with the last interior renovations taking place in 2000 and 2002 to add mezzanine levels.
  • The dome is not only used for Northern Michigan University football, but for high school football games, trade shows, conventions, banquets, conferences, high school track meets, Special Olympics, among many other special uses.

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Location

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
49855
Marquette
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

163.00 ft
143.00 ft
536.01 ft
536.01 ft
1989
1991
1995
$23,900,000

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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