28
Oct

Ajax training facility collapses minutes after evacuation

imageImage: Ajax.nl

Mother Nature 1, Ajax 0.

A massive storm with hurricane-force gusts hit the UK and mainland Europe on Monday, and in light of the tough conditions, Dutch side Ajax  thought it’d be wise to hold practice in their indoor facility - an inflatable dome.

Alas, it wasn’t enough to hold out the storm.

While preparing for Tuesday’s Dutch Cup match against ASWH, the team realized that the wind outside was getting stronger and stronger, concerning manager Frank de Boer so much that he decided to relocate training back to the outdoor fields as a safety precaution.

What a great call that turned out to be, because mere minutes later, Ajax’s inflatable dome collapsed to the ground under the pressure of the heavy storm. Thanks to expert forecaster de Boer, nobody was in the vicinity when the incident took place and there were no injuries. The club’s website later showed some footage of the collapse:

And here’s the before picture:

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Image: Ajax.nl

H/T Eurosport

8
Sep

Maryland fans break bleachers in fit of passion

Maryland’s men’s soccer team has some of the best fans in the country, and it’s not hard to see why. Friday’s game against Duke was seen by a record-breaking attendance of 8,397 at Ludwig Field, and things got so rowdy, a part of the stands collapsed!

It doesn’t appear there were any serious injuries, other than to the bleachers, of course. A lot of credit goes to the entire UMD Crew, who continued chanting and singing entirely unperturbed, as if they hadn’t just seen their friends go down like they were in Disney’s Tower of Terror.

This is why you can’t have nice things, Maryland.

(H/T Deadspin)

20
Jan

Dutch giants Ajax drew level on points with second-placed PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie on Sunday after beating rival Feyenoord 3-0.

But that wasn’t the main topic of conversation at Amsterdam Arena, as the stadium’s roof began to break under the weight of snow.

The vicious snow storm has swept across the continent, hitting football matches all over Europe. Early today, the heavy snowfall put London’s fixture between Tottenham and Manchester United in doubt. Fortunately for fans, the pitch inspection satisfied requirements.