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Hodag Dome ribbon cutting opens facility to the public
Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 02/01/2021 10:32AM
Rhinelander, WI - The Hodag Dome has already been put to use in the past few months, but it wasn't until Monday that the general public was able to celebrate the ribbon cutting.
Members of the Hodag Schools Foundation, Rhinelander School District, and volunteers and donors all gathered inside The Dome for the ceremony.
"This is very exciting," said School District of Rhinelander superintendent Eric Burke. "Coming in here as a new superintendent with everything going on with COVID, this has been a wonderful project to be involved with. It's just a great feeling to have it completed."
Burke has seen first-hand the struggles of winter and spring student-athletes who can't practice year-round.
One sports team that's already experienced the benefits of The Dome is the high school baseball team.
A group of players goes in almost every morning before school, and one of those players is senior Isaac Bixby.
Bixby plans on attending UW-Plateville in the fall and will play baseball for the college.
Bixby said he's already seen improvements from practicing in the facility.
"The biggest thing going down to college is definitely arm strength I feel like," said Bixby. "I've been throwing a lot just in the past two years year-round and just having this has definitely increased my arm strength."
Normally, the team would occupy the gymnasium in the high school which has limited space for throwing.
At the dome community members can sign up to play pickleball, tennis, and many other recreational activities on the School District of Rhinelander's website.
The cost for a one-year membership is $15 dollars.