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MSU’s repaired bubble awaits inflation

Jill Schramm/MDN The Minot State University bubble fabric rests on the football field, awaiting inflation, Friday. Depending on weather, the bubble could go up this weekend or next week.

The winter bubble for indoor athletics at Minot State University is on its way back up.

The bubble had been damaged in last April’s snowstorm. Yeadon, the Minneapolis company in charge of the bubble, has made repairs, which are covered by MSU’s insurance, and is in the process of erecting it. As part of that process, Yeadon was doing additional repairs on the bubble Friday, said Mike Stetson, MSU’s assistant director of Athletics for Strategic Communications and Media Relations.

“They have been on site all week, and with labor provided by the athletic department staff, and student-athletes, they have been preparing the bubble to be inflated,” Stetson said. “Work will continue through the weekend. There is no set date when the bubble will be inflated and ready for use — possibly this weekend or some time next week.”

Weather is a factor on how quickly the bubble goes up. Weather already has delayed the bubble’s inflation. Stetson said the erection process can be as quick as four to five days but can take seven to 10 days.

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