Video: Fargo's Sports Bubble deflates

FARGO - The Sports Bubble, an indoor driving range and sports facility that's a favorite among area golfers in the winter, apparently deflated sometime Wednesday morning, Dec. 14.

The Sports Bubble sits deflated Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at 2671 12th Ave. S., Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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FARGO – The Sports Bubble, an indoor driving range and sports facility that’s a favorite among area golfers in the winter, apparently deflated sometime Wednesday morning, Dec. 14.

The inflatable dome at 2671 12th Ave. S. shares a building with the Tot Spot Big Tots Childcare and Learning Center.

A timelapse video, shared by Monty Gerdon with The Forum and posted to Facebook Wednesday, Dec. 14, shows the Sports Bubble’s roof deflating.

Gerdon said he works across the street from the Sports Bubble. He noticed a large tear in the northwest corner of the facility’s roof around 11 a.m.
A hand-lettered sign on the Sports Bubble door simply stated, “Closed Today.” No one answered knocks on the door of the facility.

According to an answering machine message, the lobby and club repair area will be open from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.


The message added that the driving range will be “closed for awhile” because it was in need of repairs.

On Wednesday, most of the vinyl, rounded dome-style bubble lay collapsed on the ground. The south section of the inflatable part of the facility, next to the brick building that houses the entrance and the child care center, was being held up by a framework.

This is not the first time the Sports Bubble has deflated.

In December 2014, the bubble was collapsed for a few weeks after a failure of equipment on Dec. 2 of that year led to its deflation

It also closed over the Fourth of July holiday in 1999 when it deflated after a windstorm, keeping it out of commission for about three months.

Its website stated that the air pressure necessary to keep the bubble inflated is 0.036 pounds per square inch.

The Sports Bubble Facebook page says the facility also hosts mini-golf, softball and football leagues, and can be rented for events.


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