msu dome inside

This rendering shows MSU’s sports bubble, which is expected to open in December, under its full-field configuration. The dome will often be split into three smaller fields so that multiple teams can use it at once.

MANKATO — Area residents will be able to do summertime activities on some of the harshest days of winter for as little as $5 after the Maverick All-Sports Dome opens in December.

Minnesota State University officials are planning to offer “Open Dome Time” for a $5 entry fee at the new 110,000-square-foot inflatable sports venue. Plans are also being developed for “Tot Time” on weekday mornings and “Adult Open Soccer” for 90 minutes around lunchtime Tuesdays and Thursdays — also for the $5 entry fee.

One end of the facility also will have batting cages that can be rented for $20 for a half-hour and $35 for an hour.

People looking to use the entire facility — the size of 11/2 regulation soccer fields — will have to cough up a bit more. It’s $450 per hour during prime hours (weekends and weekdays from 3-11 p.m.). The price drops to $300 for weekdays between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For teams that can get by with a third of the facility — a field 75 yards by 45 yards — the rates are $150 for prime time and $100 for the less desirable hours.

In talking to operators of similar domes, MSU Vice President of Student Affairs David Jones said average folks often seek out the space for family reunions or other get-togethers.

“It’s not unusual for a family to rent it for a birthday party or something like that,” Jones said.

For birthday parties, the regular hourly field rates apply, but the lobby area is provided for two hours as well. If a birthday is scheduled during “open time,” a family would pay $99 for the birthday child and 10 guests to have access to the dome and get the lobby for two hours.

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