The Superior Dome of Northern Michigan University houses the Wildcat's football, soccer and track teams. Doreen's brother-in-law, Gary, was project manager for the "Nipple of the North" when it was built in 1991. It stands 14 stories high and encompasses 5.1 acres under its roof. Constructed of 781 Douglas Fir beams and 108.5 miles of fir decking, it has a permanent seating capacity of 8,000, although the building can hold as many as 16,000 people.
It has the ability to withstand 60 pounds per square foot of snow and 80 mile per hour winds. The Superior Dome is also home of the United States Olympic Education Center offices, as well as special training areas for the USOEC’s boxing, weightlifting and wrestling teams. To view what is taking place on the main floor of the Superior Dome, go to the Dome webcam.