ST. CLOUD -- It's an annual tradition at St. Cloud State University that requires a lot of hard work.

Student athletes and faculty member braved the chilling November night to put up the dome at Husky Stadium.

Nathan Snider and Alyssa Coletto have helped put up the dome for the last two years.

Coletto says while the work is difficult it's worth it in the end.

"It's great for us (softball team) cause we get to play here in the dome and practice during the winter," says Coletto.

The majority of the work on the 90,000 square foot dome is done by student athlete volunteers.

Snider says they spend about 16 hours outside hammering the support boards, setting the cables and blowing up the dome.

"We've been up since about 5:30 a.m. and got started around 6:00 a.m. and still working hard into the evening hours," says Snider.

During the winter the dome provides valuable practice space for SCSU athletes and recreation sports.

Though the work is hard Snider and Coletto say the end result of going home when it's completed is priceless.


Athletes at SCSU get to work setting up the dome at Husky Stadium. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News).