Netherlands Soccer Stadium Collapses Killing At Least 2 People

The soccer stadium that is home to Dutch team FC Twente collapsed early Thursday morning, leaving several people trapped after two support beams collapsed in the Grolsch Veste stadium.

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De Grolsch Veste Stadium Disaster Claims 2nd Life

Things are going from bad to worse at FC Twente, where a second person has died following the collapse of a section of the De Grolsch Veste stadium on Thursday. The club, who were away on a tour of New Zealand, have opted to return in light of the disaster, with Twente chairman Joop Munsterman saying that coming back to the country is an act of solidarity:

[In light of the deaths it is] impossible for us to continue our training camp in New Zealand and we cannot play against New Zealand."We did not want to remain such a distance from what happened today. The open day on 17 July will not occur and the other events in the stadium will not proceed until further notice.

The Dutch government has launched an inquiry as to the cause of the collapse, which occurred during renovations to the stadium to expand its seating capacity. The stated cause in early reports was support beams buckling, but a failure in the moment connections at the apex of the stands seems the more likely cause.

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PHOTO: Netherlands Stadium Collapses; One Dead, At Least 14 Injured

De Grolsch Veste stadium, home of FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie, is looking like a mere pile of rubble after a portion of the roof collapsed on Thursday, killing one person and injuring 14 more. After seeing a photo of the collapsed roof, it's pretty easy to see how so many people were seriously injured in the accident, and how one person lost their life.

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The name of the person who lost their life has not been named, as the family is in the process of being notified. Of the 14 people who were injured in the accident, ten people are in the hospital and two people are said to have serious injuries. Peter den Oudsten, the mayor of Enschede, has said that he believes it is possible that there are still people trapped by the rubble.

Though the cause of the accident is not yet clear, unnamed sources have said that the construction workers were under tremendous pressure to get the stadium done on time for the start of the new Eredivisie season, and that they were overworked as a result.

(Picture h/t @djwesnight, twitpic page here)

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Netherlands Soccer Stadium Collapses Killing At Least One Person

A soccer stadium in the Netherlands collapsed early Thursday morning, leaving several people trapped after two support beams collapsed in the Grolsch Veste stadium. Dutch soccer team FC Twente plays its home games in the arena.

There wasn't a game being played at the time because the local team was away at a training camp, but it has been reported by local newspaper De Twentsche Courant that one person died in the collapse with at least 14 others still trapped inside the stadium.

The stadium is located on the edge Enschede, 100 miles east of Amsterdam, and was currently being renovated to increase seating to 30,000 from the existing 24,000 capacity.

It seems that a crew of construction workers were on site working when two girders collapsed on one end of the stadium, trapping at least two of them beneath the rubble. An emergency trauma team is already on-site.

The roof collapsed at noon local time, with more news expected to become available during a 2:30 p.m. press conference.

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