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Porto's game at Estoril has been abandoned at half-time because the away fans started panicking when the newly-built stand they were in appeared to be collapsing. The police let them surge on to the park and the game has been called off.

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I suppose that's one thing we have going for us in Scotland. The stadiums we build tend to be of a decent standard.

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I wondered if this was a modernisation of the old 'national stadium' in Estoril, the big bowl where Celtic won the European Cup. I've been in it & it's a hollowed-out amphitheatre. However, the one in this story is a much smaller, 8,000 capacity wee stadium, with this new stand built over open ground. 

This photo appears to be the 'finished product', not during construction....it does look a bit 'flimsy', seems to be suspended on concrete beams & you can see right through the exit halfway up. Considering the extensive redevelopment of Portugal's main stadia for the Euro 2004 finals, you'd think they'd be good at this....but this looks a lot like a wee club now in the big league? (a guess)

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Re the standards in Scotland, an element of this goes back over a century, to the first 'Ibrox disaster', where part of the suspended wooden 'terracing' (surely a crazy idea to support thousands of excited/agitated/drunk people?) collapsed, killing 25 & injuring 500+....see story in the wiki article below. This resulted in a fundamental change in stadium design.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1902_Ibrox_disaster

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