Merriweather Post Pavilion’s Roof Collapses

Fortunately No One Was Hurt

Merriweather Roof CollapseMerriweather Post Pavilion; Photo Credit Terrance Doyle

Columbia, Md. venue Merriweather Post Pavilion faces a major renovation setback after its roof collapsed over the weekend.

The incident took place around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, and thankfully no one was hurt. The roof was in the process of being raised as part of Merriweather’s ongoing renovation project and was almost in its final position before collapsing to the ground.

“Well, we knew it was too easy. So, just to see what we’re really made of, we were shown what the roof was made of. Up close and in person,” said Merriweather Post Pavilion operator and I.M.P. chairman Seth Hurwitz in a statement.

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Hurwitz claims that despite the incident Merriweather is still on track to open for its 2018 season as scheduled. He also alluded to strong winds as a possible reason for the collapse, but the National Weather Service did not receive reports of any severe wind gusts in the area at the time of the accident, according to the Baltimore Sun.

As we reported last year, the venue is in the midst of a massive five-year remodeling project that includes new box offices, bathrooms, a rotating stage and 15,000 square feet of dressing room and backstage space.