Sunday, July 7, 2013

7 July 2011 - Collapse At De Grolsch Veste

On 7 July 2011, the roof collapsed during construction at FC Twente's stadium, De Grolsch Veste, killing two and injuring 14 others.

Twente had just come off their most successful two seasons, winning their first league title in 2010 and their third KNVB Cup in 2011 (they also finished as league runners-up in 2011). That prosperity prompted plans to expand their stadium, which had just completed an earlier expansion in 2008.

Construction started in Spring 2011 and had made significant progress by July when the collapse occurred. According to Dutch reports, two supporting girders gave way, dropping the roof onto a section of seats behind one of the goals. Fortunately, no match was being played that day, but one worker was killed instantly, while another later died at the hospital. Fourteen others were injured.

A year later, the club later erected a monument to the victims (pictured).

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