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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A report on the structural stability of Cardinal Stadium says its roof can withstand winds of up to 50 miles per hour, but recommends roping off the outer perimeter of the grandstand area.
The report from consulting engineers Senler, Campbell & Associates, Inc. of Louisville, recommends roping off an area 15-20 feet from the grandstand as a precaution against falling bricks and concrete.
It says the stadium roof is in a state of "disrepair," rather than "on the verge of collapse," and recommends repairs or taking it out of service.
The report also notes that the stadium no longer meets modern code requirements regarding accessibility and other features.
Regarding the judgement that the roof can withstand winds up to 50 mph, the Kentucky State Fair Board noted that its emergency action plan calls for evacuating people from outdoor structures when winds reach 35 mph. The report also noted that trying to predict exactly where a collapsing structure would come to rest is "a rather tricky issue," pointing out that it could fall toward the field, away from it, or even that a tornado could carry the roof away for some distance.
Cardinal Stadium is 57 years old, and the fair board requested that state engineers examine it back in January. This year's free concerts held at the Kentucky State Fair will not include grandstand seating; instead, chairs and bleachers will be placed on the stadium's field.