Eredivisie club stadium roof partially collapses

Roof collapses in European club’s stadium

Part of the roof at the AFAS Stadium collapsed on Saturday after a heavy wind.

AFAS Stadium is the home ground of Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar. AZ Alkmaar were not playing at the time of the incident but club’s general manager Robert Eenhoorn  confirmed there was no casualties recorded.

“This surprised us all. We are very shocked but especially happy that there was no human suffering,” said Eenhoorn.

“In the coming days we will conduct a study with experts in this field. Only when that investigation has been done can we elaborate on the matter. It is much too early for that now.”


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Alkmaar won their first match of the season against Fortuna Sittard 4-0, but will be travelling to RKC Waalwijk on Sunday for their second Eredivisie clash of the season. However, their next home fixture is an Europa League qualification match against Mariupol on 15th August.

Eenhoorn also said matches will be played in the stadium only when it is considered safe but will seek alternatives for upcoming home fixtures.

“No matches will be played in the stadium if the situation is not safe.” he said.

“AZ will consult with the KNVB and UEFA about the locations of the upcoming home matches as soon as possible.”


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