Horrifying moment dozens of fans dive face-first into concrete as stadium terrace collapses during rugby match
- Sydney rugby fans at Leichhardt Oval were knocked to the ground when a terrace collapsed
- On Saturday they were watching a match between Sant Josep and Sant Ignasi
- Around 5 p.m., a terrace railing collapsed, sending fans onto the concrete
Dramatic footage shows the moment a stadium terrace packed with fans collapsed, sending patrons face-first into the concrete below.
Fans watching a Sydney schoolboys rugby match fell to the ground about 5pm on Saturday after the railing of a stadium terrace at Leichhardt Oval fell.
The terrifying scene unfolded in front of around 15,000 fans towards the end of a match between St Joseph’s and St Ignatius Riverview.
Fans watching a rugby match at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval fell to the ground when a terrace railing collapsed (pictured right)
St Joseph’s won the game with a score of 35 to 20.
Rugby fans hit out at the ‘unsafe’ ground after footage of the terrifying incident went viral online.
“Surely today seals the deal that Leichhardt Oval should be condemned immediately and Wests Tigers should never play there again,” one person wrote.
“Leichhardt Oval is a safety risk,” said another.
No one was seriously injured during a ground collapse at the Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night (pictured fans falling after terrace railing fell)
“An upgrade to the Leichhardt oval still won’t fix the muddy hills, gates and minimal food and drink outlets without major changes that upset most. I have great memories of the ground but it has had its day to big events,” wrote another.
“Seriously though this incident is captured in 4K. It will have to be a line in the sand with Leichhardt Oval in terms of improvements,” said another.
“We hope everyone is OK as this could be a nasty accident with a crush of bodies falling onto concrete.”
A spokesman for Ambulance NSW told Daily Mail Australia that no one was seriously injured in the collapse.
Ambulance officers were already on standby at the scene for the match and were able to quickly treat fallen fans.
The news comes just days after NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet failed to deliver on a promise to upgrade Leichhardt Oval.
Fans at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday said the stadium was in desperate need of an upgrade after a terrace collapse (pictured ‘muddy hill’ at Leichhardt Oval)
Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis hit back at the Prime Minister’s rejection of funding by saying: “He’s done rugby.”
“They are elite sports stadiums for the community,” he told the Weekend Australian.
“We have made our displeasure known. He would be aware of it. As a club we have sat down and formulated a stadium strategy for the next five to 10 years based on improving Leichhardt Oval.
“The Leichhardt facilities are third world, bordering on dangerous. He has attended Leichhardt on many occasions. He would be aware of it.
A brawl broke out between angry hoodie-wearing fans outside Leichhardt Oval earlier this week (fans pictured throwing flares at each other)
Images of the angry hoodie-wearing fans were shared on social media, with viewers calling their behavior “disgusting”.
“Beyond disgusting… as a female renewing membership myself, am I safe going to these games on my own?” one person wrote.
“What if I went back to my car and got caught in this? Especially with the car park having to be so far from the grounds. It seriously makes me think.’
Another added: “Came down from the central coast with my two year old daughter and wife to watch the game.
“When they left, they threw a flare two meters from us. Security looked or ran. Zero protection for families.
“Thanks to the guys who protected us and rushed us into the stadium.”
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