EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
The Marinette Civic Center tennis dome was deflated Wednesday afternoon after the city’s building and electrical inspector found a large tear in the lining.
EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
The Marinette Civic Center tennis dome was deflated Wednesday afternoon after the city’s building and electrical inspector found a large tear in the lining.

MARINETTE — A dome at the Marinette Civic Center was taken down Wednesday afternoon because of a large tear in the lining.

According to Melissa Ebsch, director of marketing and tourism, the city’s Building and Electrical Inspector, Curt Demlow, was doing some routine inspections at the Civic Center about 2 p.m., when he noticed there was a large tear in the back tennis dome.

“We had to move quickly,” Ebsch said. “For everybody’s safety, we had to let the air out. It was a hazard and could have hurt someone.”

After an immediate meeting with the Mayor Steve Genisot, City Attorney John Sbar and other officials, the decision was made to deflate the dome.

The Civic Center domes have been used for the past 30-plus years for various sports, including hockey, tennis and pickleball.

Ebsch said the dome will not be re-inflated, but the tennis courts won’t go to waste. Community members will be able to utilize the courts, but outside as available.

“Once the Rec Center is completed, there will be indoor tennis courts,” she said. “There won’t be a need for the domes due to the new building.”

A time lapse video will be available on the City of Marinette’s Facebook page for anyone interested in seeing the process of it being taken down, Ebsch said.

“It comes down to the safety of our citizens and community,” she said.