Iconic Columbia, Maryland venue Merriweather Post Pavilion was in the middle of a $55 million renovation when the roof collapsed on Saturday Morning. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. A representative for the venue told the Baltimore Sun, the roof is expected to be replaced in time for the start of the 2018 season.
Merriweather operators were in the final phases of raising the roof by 20 feet when “a strong cold front” blew through the Columbia area. Officials told the Sun wind may have caused the roof to collapse. “Last night, in the middle of our months-long roof-raising operation, the winds of fate prevailed and decided that, instead of simply raising the roof, we should just go ahead and build a new one,” Facility owner I.M.P.’s chairman and MPP operator Seth Hurwitz said. “Was not our decision, but the bright side is all the money we save on imploding.”
Here’s the full statement from Hurwitz: