At the conclusion of the U.S. Gymnastics Olympic trials Saturday, a small stream of water leaked onto the mats in the Salt Palace center arena.
Heavy rainstorms had created a pool on the bowl-shaped roof of the Salt Palace that has created controversy since it was built in 1969. The drain system could not handle the sudden accumulation of rain, said Salt Palace operations worker Mike Fotes.The roof has been resurfaced several times by companies "guaranteeing it would not leak for a lifetime," but the leaking problems continue, he said.
The competition was reaching a conclusion when the water saturated the roof and began to drip on a photographer and a few spectators, said Fotes.
The dripping water was especially noticeable because of the bright television lights. However, none of the trial participants were affected by the leak.