16:00 11 Aug 2019
A section of the AFAS Stadium in Alkmaar has collapsed leaving parts of the roof and a portion of the terracing damaged.
The stadium is home to Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar who confirmed that during the time of the collapse the stadium was empty.
AZ General Manager Robert Eenhoom said: “We are very shocked but happy that no-one was hurt. We will now conduct a study with experts in this field. Only when that investigation has been completed will we be able to elaborate on the matter. It is much to early for that at the moment.”
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It is believed that the collapse of the 13-year old stadium’s roof was caused by high-winds in the area, but the club GM assured that: “No matches will be played in the stadium if it is not safe.”
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The AFAS Stadium was set to play host to a Europa League tie between AZ Alkmaar and Mariupol on Thursday but that fixture is now in doubt.
AZ finished last season in fourth place, 28 points behind Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam.