The Superior Dome has been home to the Wildcat football team since its construction in 1991 and is now also home to the Wildcat soccer team and the Wildcat track teams. The Dome stands 14 stories high and encompasses 5.1 acres under its roof. Constructed of 781 Douglas Fir beams and 108.5 miles of fir decking, the Dome has a permanent seating capacity of 8,000, although the building can hold as many as 16,000 people.
In the "Book of World Records - 2010," the Superior Dome is listed as the fifth-largest dome structure in the world (largest being measured by diameter). The four other structures that are larger are made of steel, making it the largest wooden dome structure.The facility has a diameter of 536 feet. It has the ability to withstand 60 pounds per square foot of snow and 80 mile per hour winds.
The Dome's features include a retractable artificial turf carpet, the largest of its kind in the world. When extended, the turf has the ability to accommodate football, soccer (120 x 72 ft. field) and field hockey. Underneath the carpet is a synthetic playing surface that features three basketball/volleyball courts, two tennis courts and a 200-meter track. Three concession areas provide service to all events.
Twelve computerized winches extend the carpet over a cushion of air. It takes 30 minutes to retract the artificial turf carpet and approximately two hours for full set up to be completed.
The Superior Dome is also home of the NMU Olympic Training Site offices, as well as special training areas for the NMU-OTS boxing, weightlifting and wrestling teams.
For information on renting the Superior Dome, call 906-227-2850. To view what is taking place on the main floor of the Superior Dome, go to the Dome webcam.
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2010-2011 Schedule of Events
11 - Findlay vs. NMU Football, 2 p.m.
18-19 - Central UP Youth Football
25 - Ashland vs. NMU Football, 4 p.m.
1- 3 - NMU Intramural Softball Tournament
9 - Marquette Youth Football
16 - Ferris State Univ. vs. NMU Football, 1 p.m.
23 - Univ. of Indianapolis vs. NMU Football, 1 p.m.
30 - Michigan Tech. vs. NMU Women's Soccer, 12 p.m.
6 - Saginaw Valley State vs. NMU Football, 1 p.m.
12-13 - MSHAA Football Playoffs, TBD
19-20 - MSHAA Football Playoffs, TBD
3- 5 - TV6 Christmas Craft Show
11 - NMU Commencement, 10:30 a.m.
15 - Special Olympics Winter Games
22 - NMU Northern Challenge Track Meet, 11 a.m.
28-29 - Noquemanon Ski Marathon
5 - Lacrosse Tournament
10-13 - Mqt Jaycees Softball Tournament for Special Olympics
19 - Kaleidoscope, Noon
25-27 - Finlandia Univ. Girls Softball Tournament
4-6 - UP Builders Show
18-20 - New Car Show
25-27 - Boat, Sport and RV Show
1-2 - NMU Soccer Tournament
8-10 - Youth Soccer Tournament
16 - NMU Football spring game, TBD
15-17 - Youth Soccer Tournament
19 - Division 1 High School Track Meet
20 - Division 2 High School Track Meet
21 - Division 3 High School Track Meet
22-23 - MSHS Girls Softball Tournament
30 - NMU Commencement, 10:30 a.m.
11 - Reinhart Food Show
5 - MSHS Project Graduation
25 - UP All-Star High School Football Game, 3 p.m.