Storm causes Ajax's training dome to collapse minutes after players evacuated

Posted by Chris Wright

Ajax players faced a close call on Tuesday when their state-of-the-art inflatable training dome collapsed due to the adverse weather currently battering the Amsterdam area.

The club shelled out over three million euros on the swanky adidas miCoach Performance dome just two years ago, but it took precisely two hours for it to be razed to the ground by the "extreme winds" billowing through the Ajax training complex at the Sportpark De Toekomst.

The Ajax first team spent the morning preparing for their Dutch Cup game against ASWH on Tuesday night until coach Frank de Boer became aware of the lighting becoming dangerously animated as the wind began to slowly cave in the inflatable membrane that covers the pitches inside the dome.

Sensing danger, De Boer pulled his players out of the dome and told them to continue training outside. According to the Ajax website, it was just three short minutes after the evacuation that the entire structure tore open and collapsed inwards on itself.

There are photos of the grisly aftermath over on the Dutch club's official website. Put it this way, it doesn't look Ajax are going to be using their fancy training bubble for a good while.

After taking stock of the damage, the club site also asked De Boer for his take on his team's near-miss, with the former Dutch international merely replying stoically: "Moving was a good choice."

Hard to argue with that!


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