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    A new sports dôme on the grounds of École secondaire du Sacré-Coeur

    Thanks to an agreement with the Sudbury District Sports Club (SDSC), the Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon will soon have a sports dome on the grounds of the École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur on Notre-Dame Avenue in Sudbury. In addition to being an asset for students at Sacré-Cœur, students from other CSC Nouvelon schools and from other school boards in our region as well as all residents of our community will soon be able to benefit from this new facility that encourages exercise and physical activity throughout the year.

    While the cost of building the dome will be assumed by a private investor, maintenance and management will be handled by the SDSC. The CSC Nouvelon itself plans to invest $300,000 to make the required changes to existing infrastructures and add parking spaces. Construction is set to start in the spring of 2019. The CSCNO looks forward to welcoming students and community users and contributing to the vitality of Greater Sudbury through this venture.


    1) Why build a sports dome?

    A sports dome enables sports to be practised year-round. This allows community members to be more active during winter months and makes it possible for summer sports athletes to continue to train when outdoor fields are covered in snow.

    2) Will the dome only be used for soccer?

    The dome will be used for many sports, including soccer, golf, Canadian football, softball, pickleball, drone racing, etc., as well as for an open-ended list of activities like summer camps, special events, planetarium-style projections and walking clubs, to name but a few.

    4) Why were the grounds of the École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur selected for the dome?

    This particular site was chosen for a number of reasons, first of which is the availability of sufficient space. Also, the school is located in the city centre, making it convenient for residents from all parts of Greater Sudbury to access the facility on foot and by bike, bus or car. The dome will also be a major asset for the Moulin à fleur and Donovan neighbourhoods, providing local youngsters with a safe recreational location. The new all-season sports centre will be a vital recreational asset for residents of these neighbourhoods and improve the quality of their living space.

    5) What is the source of funding for the dome’s construction and maintenance?

    The cost of construction will be paid for by a private company while the Sudbury District Sports Club will pay for maintenance and recover costs from user fees paid by the community.

    6) Will the dome have an impact on the practice of outdoor sports that currently take place on the École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur grounds?

    École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur currently has three operational outdoor fields, so the loss of one will have no impact on activities that currently take place on these fields. Also, the field that has been chosen for the dome is not currently used by sports and school leagues for official matches. To the contrary, adding all-season fields under the dome will increase participation in sports.

    8) What are the dome’s dimensions?

    The dome will measure approximately 60 x 120 metres (200 x 400 feet).

    10) Will the dome’s ventilation system be noisy?

    Not at all. The ventilation system is silent and will in no way disturb the school’s students or residents of the neighbourhood.

    11) Will dome users have direct access to the school itself?

    In order to ensure the safety of students and staff at all times, there will be no direct access to the school from inside the dome.

    12) What differences are there between a dome and a school gym?

    A dome can provide a much larger space than a school gym. The artificial turf and the high ceiling on the playing fields also allow summer sports athletes to raise the quality of their game by practising in a space that is more like an outdoor field than a gymnasium.

    3) Who can use the sports dome?

    Students from École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur and other CSC Nouvelon and Sudbury area schools will be able to use the sports dome during school hours. The sports dome will be open to the general public on weekends, as well as in the summer and after school, making it possible for families, kids and seniors to benefit from a facility that encourages health and well-being throughout the year. Sports clubs, school teams and leagues, organizations and individuals will also have opportunities to reserve the dome for their activities.

    7) Will parking spots be added to meet the additional needs of users of the dome?

    The CSC Nouvelon will take care of adding 73 new parking spots on the École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur grounds so that all dome users can park on-site. There will be a total of 201 parking spots.  Access to the dome will be at its southwest corner, behind the school, which means that traffic on Kathleen Street and in front of the school will be hardly affected.

    13) What are the benefits of the dome for École secondaire du Sacré-Cœur and other CSC Nouvelon and local schools students?

    Sacré-Cœur students will be able to access this high-level sports facility during school hours, which will improve physical education teaching and conditioning. This will be of direct benefit to students enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major health and well-being stream. In addition, students from Sacré-Cœur and neighbouring CSC Nouvelon and other school board elementary and secondary schools will be able to access the dome between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the school year. This unheralded availability of artificial turf for Greater Sudbury students will raise the level of their athletic skills, and local sports leagues will be in a position to extend their season.

    9) How much will be paid by the CSC Nouvelon?

    The dome will measure approximately 60 x 120 metres (200 x 400 feet).