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Ajax training facility collapses during storm

[Tuesday, October 29, 2013 ]

Ajax Amsterdam's inflatable coaching dome could not handle bad weather in the Netherlands capital and completely destroyed by severe wind storms on Monday.

Ajax's inflatable coaching dome is ripped apart as bad weather hit Amsterdam
Ajax's inflatable coaching dome is ripped apart as bad weather hit Amsterdam

Photo: Ajax.nl

The Amsterdam side were training in a temporary inflatable structure in preparation for Tuesday's Dutch Cup match against ASWH when they noticed that the wind outside was getting stronger and stronger.

With the lights swinging and the dome showing signs of not being able to withstand the high winds, coach Frank de Boer decided to relocate training back to the outdoor fields as a safety precaution.

What a great call that turned out to be, because just moments later the dome collapsed.

Thankfully, nobody was in the building at the time it blew over.

Afterwards, de Boer told the club's website: "This was a good choice (to leave the building). A storm is the worst circumstance in which to train."

On his decision to leave the structure, he added: "We found the risk too great."

The unique inflatable hall was built in 2011, and is used to measure the performance of the Dutch giants, with all the equipment said to have cost €3 million.

It was used by both the first team, and reserves, but will now be out of use for the foreseeable future.

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