Part of the roof collapsed on August 10 last year during a severe storm. Fortunately, there was no competition, because then there would have been many casualties. Research by Royal HaskoningDHV has shown that it was a matter of waiting for the roof to come down. A severe storm had already seriously weakened the construction in 2006.
AZ demolished the entire roof shortly after the incident. As a result, the club played all home games in the stadium of ADO Den Haag for months. The new roof will extend four meters longer on all sides towards the field, making the stadium more comfortable for supporters in rainy weather. The current light poles are making way for sustainable LED lighting in the eaves.
BAM carries out the work in collaboration with ASK Romein, which specializes in steel construction. The work will also take place during the first half of the new season. Due to temporary facilities, games can then be played in the stadium.
“This agreement means that the plans for the new roof will actually be realized,” responds general manager Robert Eenhoorn of AZ. “As a club, we are taking another step forward, despite the hard time we have been together, by offering our fans a safe, comfortable and innovative stadium.”
BAM has extensive national and international experience in stadium construction. In the Netherlands, BAM was involved in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the PSV stadium, Euroborg, Gelredome and De Kuip. In Germany, BAM built new stadiums in Berlin, Mainz, Karlsruhe, Dresden and Stuttgart, among others. BAM realized in Johannesburg Soccer City, where the final of the 2010 World Cup was played.