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The Riggers and Engineers atop BC Place….

documenting the domelessness
Originally uploaded by Uncleweed.

I spotted these dudes last saturday (the day after the big deflation) high atop of the dome rim checking out the damage and no doubt brewing up a plan of action to fix the rip and reinflate.

Despite nonsensical rantings, they are NOT going to blow the stadium up and build a new one – heh – they even fixed up the New Orleans Superdome after much more damage both inside and outside (remember people were living in the there without plumbing and electricity – yuch).

Nor can they really make this into an open air stadium (too much rain, and no reall drainage system inside. Sounds like two panels will need replacing but hopefully the whole roof with get a clean up and freshening to keep on domeing through 2010 and beyond.

Vancouver view of False Creek and deflated BC Place dome

On January 5, 2007 Vancouver, BC’s domed stadium suffered weather and operational error resulting in an unplanned deflation of the giant dome.

I recall when the stadium was opened in 1983 and many 747 engine were required to inflate the dome and airlock doors keep the pressure adequate to maintain the structure.

This simply captures a 360 degree view of the city scape of north east false creek during this unique situation.

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