Bennett Indoor Complex Roof In Toms River Collapses

High winds tear what is known as "The Bubble" on Hooper Avenue

A power outage coupled with high winds has torn the roof of the Bennett Indoor Complex on Hooper Avenue, officials say.

The complex is known as "The Bubble" and is the home of numerous sports activities next to Toms River Intermediate East.

Toms River Regional Schools spokesperson Tammi Millar said the "bubble" has collapsed.

"It's in the down position," she said.

First came a power outage around 4 p.m., then high winds compromised the structure, she said, leading to its collapse.

"It appears it ripped around the scoreboard as it came down," she said. "There is a gash."

Millar said the reports are preliminary. No injuries were reported.

The facility was closed at the time. "There is a split in the bubble and it collapsed around it." she said.

amy October 29, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Any word from Toms River mayor...about roads garbage pick up services anything?
Mr. ? October 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM
The Bubble is flat as a pancake! Appears to be damaged. Sent photos to the Patch
George October 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Nothing from the twp. in days. SHAMEFUL VOID IN COMMUNICATION! Remember that when you vote.
Kit October 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM
@amy - it's a state of emergency, there for no not until the storm is over.
amy October 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM
So Kit..in state of emergency our mayor has no comment...thank you ...I didnt understand before!!
Mattie October 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM
That 'building' was a huge waste of money for the tax payers and has had one problem after another since the day it was erected. It was also ugly. Take it down and build something better if it's needed....
Common Sense October 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM
are u kidding? Garbage pickup...
dainty October 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
My son said a house off of Bay was destroyed by 3 trees. ANy info? tty* Stay safe!
Mr. ? October 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Funny! The final end of the Ritacco Era. Not funny for the track runners at the beginning of their season. Uh oh! hope its insured...lots of costs, if it can be fixed, and all that lost revenue from events...so they say. Emergency funds from the state for repair?...still taxes.
dainty October 29, 2012 at 11:24 PM
The Bubble was a great gift to the kids. Now if it could be profitable and uncorrupt? It would be awesome!
Sandy Anagnostis-Peace October 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Glad its gone, it was an eyesore
Amorinos October 30, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Go to the TR township website for the info
Irina October 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM
So happy that eyesore is gone. I'm sure whatever is gonna replace it, will be a rippoff for us taxpayers.
Rebecca Guthrie October 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
How bad is damage in Toms river? We have an uncle there and have no communication with him.
Dean g. October 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Have a condo on ocean ave in ortley beach, near the lifeguard station. Does anyone know how badly the dunes were breached?
Rontr October 30, 2012 at 12:41 AM
prob gone , surf club is gone
Amy poikans October 30, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Loved that bubble wish we could offer that to our children down here in Lacey township for winter sports. Don't take everything for granted! Amy
Seriously? October 30, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Seriously? October 30, 2012 at 02:40 AM
That bubble was the perfect example of the corruption that pervaded the Toms River School District under Mike Ritacco. I would rather teach my children about ethics than put up a bubble for their use anyday...
mary October 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I had planned to make my future there this winter. The loss of the bubble will have a tremendous effect on my track season. I'm not the only one
Mr Barney Rubble October 31, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I agree with Kelly bigger problems then your bubble. I hope they build it bigger and stronger with ins money! They can charge more for the meets i would pay it.
Seriously? October 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Cry me a river -- people lost their homes in this hurricane. No one cares if you can't get a track scholarship. Go to OCC instead.
Bryn Gorberg November 02, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I have raced there my 3 years of indoor track, I am now a senior. All though it did not look the best, it was very convenient for meets. There is no other place to hold large high school meets like the "bubble" did. The venue was big and the school was conveniently right next to it for bathroom use. It is sad to see people trash talking it when there were so many memories created for people who are student athletes like me.
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