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People trapped after roof collapses at Twente stadium

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Part of a stand at FC Twente's De Grolsch Veste Stadium has collapsed, trapping a number of people under the rubble.

FC Twente's De Grolsch Veste Stadium is seen after a part of the newly constructed roof collapsed
FC Twente's De Grolsch Veste Stadium is seen after a part of the newly constructed roof collapsed

Photo: Reuters

The Enschede venue was in the process of undergoing renovation ahead of the new season when the roof of a stand caved in on Thursday morning.

The roof is reported to have collapsed after two support beams buckled, although the reason why this happened is not yet known.

Pictures taken from outside the ground, which lies to the north-west of the centre of the town of Enschede, show a large section of the roof has collapsed.

The structure has fallen onto a bank of red seats already in place behind the goal.

Elsewhere, twisted metal lay hanging over the edge of the corner of the stand, with a building site below.

A spokesman for the Twente regional police force said: "We do not have many details at the moment, the only thing we can say is that we have quite a big situation.

"Part of the tribune has collapsed, so we have some people beneath it and we have got some police officers there at the moment.

"We can't say any more about what is going on because we have had no contact from our people from our station who are there at the moment."

The spokesman could not comment on whether anyone had been killed or injured.

The work was being carried out as part of the club's development of their stadium to a 32,000-seat arena.

The capacity was just 13,500 when the team moved to the venue in 1998.

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