Ntelos Roof Damaged Again

Winds up to 70 mph and heavy rain tore two holes in the canvas roof of the 6,500-capacity nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth, Va., May 24 but the damage reportedly isn’t serious.

One section of the roof and a smaller piece that diverts rain from the stage were affected, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

City Engineer Richard Hartman told the paper it was too early to estimate the cost of repairs but said the roof is covered by insurance. Hartman didn’t think the shed’s summer concert season would be affected.

Naughty By Nature is scheduled to perform May 28 followed by Phish, Wiz Khalifa, Steely Dan, Goo Goo Dolls, “Scream Tour,” INXS, Bruce Hornsby, Guster/Jack’s Mannequin and Trace Adkins though Sept. 1.

The pavilion roof was completely destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, which led to design improvements that have made it much sturdier and easier to repair.

Gusty winds in 2006 ripped out one of 13 roof panels but it was repaired quickly.