Two thousand guests attended the opening of the new Stade de Bordeaux on Monday (18/5), with EURO 2016 president Jacques Lambert stating that the venue is “one of the stand-out examples of the new generation of stadiums that organizing UEFA EURO 2016 has allowed
France to build.” However, Bordeaux experienced problems with their new stadium during the first ever game to be staged at the EURO 2016 venue on Saturday (23/5).
The new home of FC Girondins de Bordeaux is one of four venues being built from scratch for the first 16-team UEFA European Championship finals; just three new 30,000-plus capacity stadiums had been built in France in the previous 70 years.
Cracks in the Stade de Bordeaux were seen following Bordeaux’s 2-1 win over Montpellier, which was the first match held at the ground, one of 10 that will host EURO 2016 games. During the match, the supporters reported that the structure move. One fan telling the reporter: “You got the impression the stand was bending and bouncing back. It freaked me out a little.”
As an addition, a safety barrier also gave way when fans surged forward, while a number of seats broke.
Concerning the issue, a meeting between municipal authorities, the club and SBA is scheduled for Friday (29/5). SBA is the company that runs the stadium, and the president, Dominique Fondacci assured that there is no element that makes us think that the stadium’s security can be called into question. “The new stadium is a metallic stadium, and when people start jumping in rhythmical fashion, you can feel vibrations, it is normal.”
Fondacci claimed that it was a security gate which gave way under the pressure of the crowd following the opening goal, rather than a safety barrier. He added that the cracks which had appeared were merely superficial, while also commenting fans were to be blame for the broken seats.
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