Storms damage Independence Stadium roof; city to seek funds for repairs

Storms damage Independence Stadium roof
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The roof over the club level of Independence Stadium in Shreveport needs repaired.

It was damaged when a tornado moved through the Queensborough neighborhood in April.

The city made temporary repairs.

But strong storms July 29 damaged the roof beyond repair.

The damage is so extensive that if it rains again, there is no way to stop the rain from entering the club level and damaging rugs, electronics and the area as a whole.

"It really damaged it. It actually tore it completely off. We actually had holes in the building exposing the building to the elements," SPAR Director Shelly Ragle explained.

"So it was an emergency that we get it done so we didn't sustain any further damage to the building."

Ragle says Shreveport has invested millions in the club level.

The city has filed insurance claims but says it can't wait for that.

On Tuesday, officials will ask the City Council to approve more than $228,000 for repairs.

The money would come from a capital improvements account specifically allocated for maintaining Independence Stadium.

SPAR has been able to seal the area so no water gets in before the repairs are made, Ragle said.

She estimates it will take about 15 to 20 days to make the actual repairs.

Football jamborees are about to get under way at Independence Stadium. The arena also will be the venue for the Battle on the Border in early September.

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