Agreement is reached to repair and reopen “The Dome”
Sports complex deflated by severe weather set to reopen by mid-November
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The board of directors of “The Dome” is pleased to announce that a definitive agreement has been reached to repair and reopen the facility. The Dome is expected to reopened to the public by mid-November.
Over the past decade, the 200,000 square foot indoor sports facility has been used by thousands of Alaskans for a variety of activities such as soccer, running, baseball, flag football and fitness. The roof of The Dome collapsed January 21, 2017 under the weight of heavy snow, tearing the roof’s fabric and causing other damage. Since then, the facility’s board of directors has been working to find a solution to get it reaired and up and running.
“It has been a very long and complex process working through the various legal and financial issues,” said The Dome’s Acting CEO Alice Federenko. “We are sorry it has taken so long but relieved the wait is over.”
Anchorage developer and philanthropist John Rubini recently stepped in and helped find a path forward, arranging funding through loans and donations to buy out The Dome’s bondholders. Rubini is CEO of JL Properties, based in Anchorage. The Anchorage Opportunity Fund, a public private partnership between a group of local investors and the Municipality of Anchorage’s 49th State Angel Fund will be investing in The Dome.
“We are so fortunate that Mr. Rubini stepped in on a philanthropic basis to help us solve this challenge,” said Federenko. “We understand and empathize with all those who have sorely missed this important community facility. We know that communication with past users was not as we would have liked. All of that is behind us now and we’re really looking forward to a fresh start.”
Federenko says that The Dome is now in the process of recruiting full-time staff, including a new CEO. She says once the team is on board, The Dome hopes to quickly announce its plans for refunds on memberships impacted by the closure – and begin selling new memberships.
Work on repairs is already underway. The Dome has retained Davis Constructors as General Contractor for the project.
“This is welcome news for the Anchorage community,” said Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. “The Dome is a critical venue for youth clubs and high school athletes. I want to add my thanks to John Rubini and everyone else who worked hard to make this possible.”