PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side has learned there is a “major” structural flaw at the Union Bank and Trust Pavilion in Portsmouth.
Information on the flaw was revealed to council Monday night by City Manager Dr. Lydia Pettis-Patton.
Engineers were doing a routine annual check on the 17-year-old pavilion when they found what is being described as a 5/8 to 3/4-inch deformity in the main support mast that holds the canopy.
The preliminary recommendation from engineers is to remove the canopy and ease the tension wires to relieve stress on the mast. It is believed once this work is complete, there will likely be no further safety issue.
Removal of the canopy could take two weeks and will impact the first four shows scheduled this season at the pavilion:
Pettis-Patton told council Monday, “It is a top priority and we are working quickly to ensure the entertainment system is impacted as little as possible.”
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