By David Markham
JCPRD officials anticipate the Roeland Park Sports Dome will be closed for about four to six weeks to replace the facility’s outer shell and upgrade lighting, flooring, and ADA improvements to the dome’s control building.
An anticipated late December delivery date has been delayed, and officials now tentatively expect the new dome shell will be delivered in January.
In addition to replacing the dome shell, this project will involve installing new sport court flooring, new LED lights that hang from the dome rather than sit on the floor as the current lights do, updates in the lobby and restrooms, and the addition of a family restroom.
“Basically, this will be a new facility with upgraded floor and lights,” said Sports and Facilities North Manager Doug Hite.
The Roeland Park Sports Dome is JCPRD's 24,000 square foot, air-supported sports dome, which first opened in 1990, and was replaced in 2002 after a vandalism incident resulted in a 20-foot rip in the dome.
“The new dome was supposed to last 12-15 years, so it is eight to 11 years past its life expectancy,” Hite said.
Once the replacement is in place, the dome will be used throughout the year for five sessions of adult volleyball, plus futsal leagues, basketball tournaments, rentals and events, camps and clinics for youth, and for the first time in years thanks to the new floor, adult basketball will be offered at the facility.
For more information about the Roeland Park Sports Dome, go to JCPRD.com.