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HWS’ Dome deflates after seam failure

Stiles Field at the Thomas B. Poole ’61 and Family Sports Dome has sat empty since Hobart and William Smith Colleges shut down in March.

As a result, no one was inside when the $3.5 million state-of-the-art sports dome collapsed Sunday afternoon.

Spencer Tulis / Finger Lakes Times

There were blowing winds sweeping through the area that day, but the dome had been through far worse in its less-than-a-year existence. Despite the dome’s endurance, even through a tough Finger Lakes winter, a massive gash atop of what has been nicknamed “The Bubble” nearest St. Clair Street exposed the astroturf field and deflated HWS’ newest athletic facility.

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