Who amongst us hasn’t gazed at an NFL venue during a brutal winter and said out loud, “why doesn’t some inspired architect just put a huge fucking translucent dome over the whole thing?” Newsnet 5′s Bob Fenner reports there’s a scheme to do exactly that in Cleveland, OH, thus affording me the long-awaited opportunity to use the above JPG.
Ralph Tyler Companies came up with a glass covered, geodesic dome concept that would not require additional heating and cooling. The dome covering would be 1,100 feet in diameter and 380 feet high. It encapsulates the stadium without ever coming in contact with it. The covering would help moderate the inside temperature.
“It’s open around the base and would allow fresh air to come in and it would allow heated air to be extracted near the top,” said Varga. “People would have to dress for the normal weather conditions. However, you’re not going to be rained on and you’re not going to be snowed on but if it was winter, you would wear winter clothes.”
Cutting edge engineering would be used to construct the geodesic dome, one that would be the largest of its kind in the world.
While weather conditions in the dome may not be suitable for a NCAA Final Four, Varga believed Cleveland could host a Super Bowl and that concerts and other events could be held at least nine months out of the year.