Concordia College moves concert over concerns of weak auditorium roof


Concordia College in Moorhead isn't waiting for major snow accumulation to make a major decision regarding Memorial Auditorium on campus, The Associated Press reports.

College officials announced Thursday that Concordia's annual Christmas concert will be moved from the auditorium to the Fargo, N.D., Civic Center.

The 87th annual event will now take place Dec. 13, 14 and 15 at the substitute venue.

School officials expressed concerns last week over the roof's ability to handle uneven snow loads, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

The school has hired an engineering firm to conduct a structural analysis over the next several months to identify problems. Memorial Auditorium was built in 1952.

In the meantime, speakers, band shells and scoreboards have been removed from the auditorium to ease pressure on the roof.

Change in the acoustics after the removal of the items also prompted the switch in concert venues, AP says.

The move has sparked conversation among students about the school's music program pushing for a new venue of its own, WDAY-TV reports.

In response, Concordia's cultural events director said there are "lots of wishes and dreams, but no plans."

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