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Finals Booted from WIN Stadium

Rugby Union and football grand finals due to kick off this weekend have been forced to move from WIN Stadium as the western grandstand roof crisis continues.

yet-to-be completed western grandstand at WIN StadiumThe WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre announced the move via Twitter this morning, saying that the Illawarra District Rugby Union Grand Finals and Football South Coast Grand Finals will be relocated to an ''alternative venue''. ''Unfortunatel due to an incident at WIN Stadium's Western Grandstand, the Illawarra District Rugby Union Grand Finals on Satuday 24 September, and the Football South Coast Grand Finals on Saturday 1 October, will be relocated to an alternative venue in the Illawarra,'' it said.

The same tweet said more information would be available ''shortly''. Earlier today, a union official said WIN Stadium's new western grandstand was designed to withstand winds of at least 150km/h.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) regional organiser Mick Lane told ABC Radio something had ''obviously'' gone wrong with the engineering of the structure after an 85m roof buckled yesterday afternoon. Winds peaked at 76km/h at Bellambi less than an hour before yesterday's incident.

Experts are now looking at how to secure the roof and put it back into its previous position and that work could take several weeks, he said. Three major crane companies, including Port Kembla-based Boom Cranes, are on site this morning.

The sight of the roof pivoting precariously above the 6000-seat western grandstand yesterday afternoon sparked a major police operation, as officers blocked off access points to the building.

Questions about the grade of steel used, design strength and build quality were already surfacing last night.

Source & More: www.illawarramercury.com.au

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by in Rugby on 22 Sep 2011

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