Grand Binghamton sports complex collapses during reconstruction


Eleven months after a massive air-assisted Broome County sports dome fell in heavy snowfall, its replacement collapsed as construction neared completion.

The structure that was to be the new home of the Grand Binghamton sports complex fell late Sunday afternoon. Authorities said no injuries were reported.

Broome County Emergency Services received the first report of the collapse at 4:48 p.m. during a call from a person living near the site. An official said “luckily he was unoccupied”.

Firefighters from the Choconut Center were assisted by units in eastern Maine. The new facility was built between Airport and Dimmock Hill roads, just north of Middle Stella Ireland Road.

Choconut Center Deputy Fire Chief Tyler Kolb was assessing the situation with other emergency responders.

Broome County Emergency Services Director Patrick Dewing was also at the scene, along with sheriff’s deputies and NYSEG workers.

The incident follows the Dec. 16 air dome collapse in a storm that dumped more than 40 inches of snow over the area.

The new facility was built with steel brackets instead of using the inflatable dome concept. Last summer, the owners said they hoped construction could be completed in January.

Firefighters at the scene of a collapsed sports complex under construction at the Choconut Center on November 21, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph / WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: [email protected].

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