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Superior Dome, Marquette

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The Superior Dome is a domed stadium on the campus of Northern Michigan University (NMU) in Marquette, Michigan, United States. It opened as the "world’s largest wooden dome" on September 14, 1991, and is home to the Northern Michigan Wildcats football, women's lacrosse, and women's track and field teams, the NMU Wildcat marching band, and hosts a variety of other campus and community events.

The dome is 143 feet (44 m) tall, has a diameter of 536 feet (163 m), covers an area of 5.1 acres (21,000 m2) and has a volume of 16,135,907 cubic feet. It is a geodesic dome constructed with 781 Douglas fir beams and 108.5 miles (174.6 km) of fir decking and is designed to support snow up to 60 pounds per square foot (2.9 kPa) and withstand 80-mile-per-hour (130 km/h) winds. It has a permanent seating capacity of 8,000 people, though the building can hold as many as 16,000 people. The 2010 edition of Guinness World Records listed it as the fifth-largest dome and largest wooden dome in the world.
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  • Got to watch NMU football team practicing drills - Dome is very impressive - must be great to see a game there 
    Got to watch NMU football team practicing drills - Dome is very impressive - must be great to see a game there  more »
  • The largest wood dome in the USA. Who knew? Free to the public to see. Students on site are helpful tour guides. It is an engineering marvel. Football. Track, and lacrosse are sports played in... 
    The largest wood dome in the USA. Who knew? Free to the public to see. Students on site are helpful tour guides. It is an engineering marvel. Football. Track, and lacrosse are sports played in...  more »
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  • Great location for events such as craft shows. I believe they allow you to walk in here when there isn't an event taking place
  • Interesting place to visit. Check the website for the calendar of availability. This is free to visit for the public at certain times. We stopped by and spent maybe 20 minutes just enjoying the facility and walking around it. There are even some small exhibits inside.

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