Netherlands Soccer Stadium Roof Collapses, Killing One Person; 10 Injured

One person died and 10 others were hospitalized after part of the stadium of soccer club FC Twente in the city of Enschede collapsed today during construction.

“Two people are seriously injured,” Peter den Oudsten, the mayor of the eastern city, told a news conference. “Dogs and cameras are being used to search for possible victims below the collapsed roof.”

The Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede is being expanded to hold 30,000 people, according to the club’s website. The roof of one of the stands came down at noon, Den Oudsten said, adding that it’s too early to say what caused the collapse. Another three people were treated at the site.

Construction workers ran for their lives as the roof, on which other people were working, fell, eyewitnesses told the Dutch ANP newswire. About 10 fire trucks, 20 to 25 ambulances and a rescue helicopter were at the stadium, it said.

FC Twente was runner-up to Amsterdam’s AFC Ajax in the Dutch soccer league last season. The stadium, which was previously named the Arke Stadion, dates from 1998. The works were in their final phase, FC Twente commercial director Jan van Halst told the news conference.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jurjen van de Pol in Amsterdam at jvandepol@bloomberg.net.

Photo taken on July 7, 2011 shows the roof of FC Twente's stadium in Enschede after it collapsed. Part of a roof collapsed at the FC Twente football stadium in eastern Netherlands on Thursday, trapping an unknown number of people, a Dutch police spokesman said. 'I can confirm that around noon there was a collapse at the FC Twente stadium. Part of the roof collapsed,' Jan Lamberts told AFP. There was no match at the stadium at the time, Lamberts said. Dutch media reported that construction work was underway at the time of the collapse. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images Close

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Photo taken on July 7, 2011 shows the roof of FC Twente's stadium in Enschede after it collapsed. Part of a roof collapsed at the FC Twente football stadium in eastern Netherlands on Thursday, trapping an unknown number of people, a Dutch police spokesman said. 'I can confirm that around noon there was a collapse at the FC Twente stadium. Part of the roof collapsed,' Jan Lamberts told AFP. There was no match at the stadium at the time, Lamberts said. Dutch media reported that construction work was underway at the time of the collapse. Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images

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