The TGL's SoFi Center's inflatable roof collapsed following a power failure
TGL suffers setback as venue’s roof deflates
Tech Golf League, the new made-for-TV simulator team golf event being launched by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, suffered a setback on Wednesday when the structure in which the events are due to take place partially collapsed.
The inflatable roof of the TGL’s SoFi Center in Palm Beach, Florida partially collapsed in on itself following a power outage on Tuesday night.
The new league, which features six four-man teams of leading PGA Tour players playing on an indoor simulator and short game hitting arena, was set to launch on November 28. It is not yet known whether that will remain the case until the full extent of the damage caused by the collapse is assessed.
A spokesman from TGL has released the following statement: “An overnight failure to the temporary power system used during the construction phase caused partial deflation and limited damage to the air-supported dome section of the site. The dome section has been further deflated by our crew and will remain down while they work to remedy the situation. There were no injuries, and no technology was impacted. Other work on site will continue.”
HOW BIG IS THE STADIUM
The SoFi Center is being constructed on the campus of Palm Beach State College and is a nearly 250,000-square-foot venue with a 75-foot-high apex that will accommodate approximately 1,600 people on match nights during TGL’s inaugural season. The course inside the venue will be infused with various technologies and cover an area approximately the size of an American football field.
The six teams are have been given names of various US cities and towns – Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Jupiter, Florida – although the link between the players, the team owners and the cities appears somewhat tenuous. So far only a few members of each team have been revealed, with full rosters for Atlanta and Boston already out.