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May 03, 2009

Dallas Cowboys Dome Collapses

Dome Of Practice Facility Falls In Because Of Storm

Dallas Cowboys Dome Collapses: Dome Of Practice Facility Falls In Because Of Storm in Irving, Texas


7 people were injured, 1 critically, at the Dallas Cowboys practice arena including special teams coach Joe DeCamillis . As many as 80 people may have been inside the dome when it collapsed shortly before 3:30 p.m. CST yesterday.

Latest UPDATE:


An air-supported roof over the Dallas Cowboys' practice field collapsed during a heavy thunderstorm Saturday afternoon, leaving 12 people injured, authorities said.

About 70 people, including more than two dozen of the team's rookies, were in the facility when it was blown down.

Former coach Dan Reeves, DeCamillis' father-in-law, said the first-year Dallas coach has a couple of broken vertebrae in his lower back.

"They say he's lucky not to be paralyzed," said Reeves, adding that DeCamillis probably will have surgery. The coach was seen being removed on a stretcher wearing a neck brace.

Cowboys scout Rich Beam is reportedly was in surgery Saturday night. Assistant secondary coach Brett Maxie was also injured, a gash on his leg was stitched up.

Names and details of other injuries were not released due to privacy issues. Players were told not to discuss the episode with reporters.

The storm hit while 27 players were going through workouts. There were about 70 people in the facility, counting coaches, other team personnel and media, officials said.

Witnesses said lights started flickering and shaking minutes before the collapse, prompting players, coaches, staff members and reporters to vacate the building. Several people were trying to exit the facility when the roof collapsed.
"I saw it coming down and didn't have time to react," secondary coach Dave Campo said. "I hit the ground and was able to get back up."

Just before the facility was flattened, winds were clocked at 64 mph, a single mph shy of the threshold for a weak tornado.

However, National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Woodall said a "microburst" may have pushed the wind beyond 70 mph at the top of the structure.

Wild Thing's comment......

Thank God no one was killed. Prayers for those injured!

This is the Cowboys Blog at the Dallas Morning news where they are discussing it.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 3, 2009 05:45 AM


Bad Break for all. I hope all havea speedy recovery.

Posted by: Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET at May 3, 2009 09:44 AM

We had a stormy weekend here in Dallas. Of course around here anything to do with the Cowboys leads the news as I am sure the Broncos do in Denver and the Steelers do in Pittsburg etc. Anyway, I hope the injured heal rapidly. At least for once it wasn't news about some Cowboy being arrested.

Posted by: TomR at May 3, 2009 01:29 PM

So sad that so many were injured. They were very fortunate to have so few injuries. We had a bad storm through here yesterday preceded by lightning and thunder, high winds and very heavy driving rain, lots of big trees around me. Godspeed for their full recovery.

Posted by: Jack at May 3, 2009 02:52 PM

Ah this goes beyond the Superbowl so I got to wish them God Speed get well soon.

Posted by: Mark at May 3, 2009 07:14 PM