(Information in the following story is from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com)

Cajundome, photo courtesy Ken Romero

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Workers are repairing the brick arches of the Cajundome, with officials saying that water damage over the arena's 30-year-life has cracked bricks, leaving them in danger of falling.

Cajundome Director Greg Davis tells The Advertiser that workers had been removing cracked bricks, but are now making permanent repairs because state money has become available

Davis said Friday that the work is unrelated to a $16 million upgrade planned for the arena using borrowing recently approved by the state Bond Commission.

That upgrade will redesign the lower bowl of the arena to get spectators closer to sporting events, add 800 to 1,000 seats, and repair the arena's roof. The roof, now streaked black with mildew, will be cleaned and the roof resurfaced to protect it from sun damage.

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