Another spring snow storm brings Rapids practice indoors again

Team returned to the Sports Dome in Centennial after a foot of snow blanketed the area Tuesday

Rapids train at Sports Dome

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For the second week in a row the Colorado Rapids began the week of practice some 25 miles away from Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Another spring snow storm - this time dropping about 10 inches of snow from midday Monday through Tuesday morning - forced the team back to the indoor South Suburban Sports Dome in Centennial Tuesday afternoon.

"We have a mentality that we don't have excuses and we don't think about these issues," Pareja said from the Dome following Tuesday's training. "That how things are. If a player gets hurt, we move forward. If we get a snow storm, we still have to train. That's the way the guys approach it."

The team has used the facility on a number of occassions this spring when the whether has not cooperated, including twice last week ahead of the match at Chivas USA.

"It's not easy," Pareja added. "We have to change routines, we have to change locations, and playing surfaces. But we just look ahead and not think about it."

Pareja said the staff has had to adjust and shorten training when sessions are moved to the Dome, which features an 86x44 yard synthetic turf under a climatized 'bubble.' The staff has also kept players with minor injuries from pushing too much on the turf, and the video sessions have been re-scheduled to later in the week when the group returns to Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

It's likely the team will go back to the Sports Dome on Wednesday with local forecasters predicting another 2-4 inches of snow overnight.

The winter system is expected to be gone by the weekend, with sun and temps in the 50s expected for Saturday's home match against Seattle (4 p.m. MT, BUY TICKETS).