Have You Seen This? Loyal soccer fans keep cheering even after stands collapse under them

A stand full of Vitesse fans collapsed while they celebrated their victory Sunday.

A stand full of Vitesse fans collapsed while they celebrated their victory Sunday. (ESPN FC via Twitter)



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THE PITCH — If you've attended a live sporting event, you know how thrilling it is when everyone starts jumping around in unison. But when that much weight gets thrown around there can be some unintended consequences.

Check out what happened when a gaggle of Vitesse fans took to the air to celebrate their team beating NEC Nijmegen.

First, the good news: None of those fans was injured. They simply got to go home with a great story to tell their friends.

Now let's break down what led to this structural breakdown. The victorious Vitesse players had run over to the section of the stadium where their fans were clustered. It was an away game for Vitesse, so the team's supporters were tucked away at the far end.

Encouraged by the jubilant players, the fans began jumping around enthusiastically. Suddenly, a section of the stands gave way beneath them. Much like when you'd sleep out on the trampoline as a kid, everyone on either side of the affected section was sucked down into the middle.

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Undeterred by the collapse, the fans continued to wave their hands in the air and cheer. If that isn't dedication, I don't know what is.

"I am very shocked by what happened," Hubert Bruls, the local mayor, told De Telegraaf. "Fortunately, as far as is known, no one was injured. I want an investigation into what happened here as soon as possible."

In the meantime, Vitesse can rally around the fact that their team scored a crucial win and their fans were able to walk away unscathed from what could have been a really scary situation.


About the Author: Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." To read more of his articles, visit Grant's KSL.com author page.

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