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FC Twente suffer stadium collapse

ESPN staff
July 7, 2011
FC Twente's Grolsch Veste stadium © Getty Images

A roof at FC Twente's Grolsch Veste stadium has collapsed and one person has died with 14 others injured as renovation work was taking place at the Dutch club.

Peter den Oudsten, the mayor of Enschede, stated during a press conference that one person lost their life and ten were taken to hospital with two in a serious condition after two support beams buckled.

The news first broke on Twitter, with some people posting pictures of the scene and FC Twente posted a statement on their official website which read: ''During the renovation work at the Grolsch Veste the roof of the building collapsed. Our thoughts are with everyone involved.''

De Grolsch Veste, or The Grolsh Fortress, was extended to a capacity of 24,000 in 2008. It was being extended again ahead of the new season, to a capacity of 32,000.

Twente are not due to play at De Grolsch Veste until August 13 when they entertain AZ Alkmaar. And they will also have a Champions League qualifier to host later that month.

Twente president Joop Munsterman maintained last month that: ''We have put a lot of private money in the expansion of the stadium, as we play next season in front of 30,000 men in the Grolsch Veste.''

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