Fire at PSV Eindhoven’s Philips Stadium causes damage outside the pitch, but emergency services ensure the stand is saved


A fire broke out at PSV Eindhoven’s Philips Stadium on Wednesday morning as clouds of black smoke billowed from the arena.

Firefighters arrived at the stadium to deal with flames on the roof of the corner of the north and east stands, according to a fire department spokesman.

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While they initially reported that part of the stand had been damaged, it turned out that was not the case and there were only a few minor blemishes to the exterior of the stadium.

It’s unclear how the fire started, but the fire department says the stored building materials caught fire in an unknown manner.

Some stadium employees and athletes from the Basic Fit fitness club were in the stadium and were evacuated as a precaution.

The fire in the stadium was quickly brought under control in the early hours, with business returning to normal.

The 35,000-seat ground has hosted PSV since 1910, with record attendance since Manchester United played there in a Champions League clash in 2015.

The Eredivisie side, led by ex-Red Devils striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, finished second in the Dutch top flight last season.

Fire at PSV Eindhoven's Philips Stadium causes damage outside the pitch, but emergency services ensure the stand is saved
Firefighters said the incident was under control
Fire at PSV Eindhoven's Philips Stadium causes damage outside the pitch, but emergency services ensure the stand is saved
And they clarified that the stand was not damaged


They are due to face La Liga side Real Betis at the stadium on Saturday.

The club have yet to comment on the incident.

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