Collingwood’s second-round clash against Adelaide at the MCG was briefly thrown into chaos in the second quarter after a fire alarm sounded during the game.
Just 30 seconds into the second term, players from both teams were forced to congregate in midfield, while fans were chased out of the stadium after sirens began to sound throughout the venue.
After five minutes of evacuation efforts, it was confirmed by the MCG that fans could return to their seats.
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Collingwood recovered from the brief stoppage to miss 15.10.(100) to 8.10.(58) winners, but star ruckman Brodie Grundy admitted the players had been spooked by the alarm.
“It was actually pretty scary, kind of doomsday stuff, luckily it was a false alarm,” Grundy told ABC after the game.
“We tried to focus on the task at hand. There were some whispers that there was a fire, then it was obvious it was a false alarm.”
Shortly after the match ended, the MCC released a statement explaining what had raised the alarms.
“What we know at this stage is that during normal operations, a sprinkler activated at a food outlet on Level 4 of the Ponsford Stand, towards the end of the break quarter,” a statement read. of the MCC. “Water from the sprinkler hit a furnace that was running, creating steam.
“As part of our standard safety procedures, the operation of a sprinkler activates the emergency evacuation system. Under normal circumstances, once an incident of this nature has been investigated and it has been found that there is no risk to customers, the alarm system is isolated by our operators and the automated evacuation procedure is suspended MCC will carry out a complete review of the system. operations, in order to understand why the automated evacuation of the site has not been suspended.
“The MCC sincerely apologizes to the members, patrons, competing clubs and the AFL for the disruption to the game.”
The brief stoppage was the only element of resistance the endemic Magpies faced in what was virtually a mermaid-to-mermaid victory.
Collingwood will face an uphill battle to maintain their unbeaten streak next week against Geelong next week as the 0-2 Crows take on long distance rivals Port Adelaide.
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