Romania: Scandal, national stadium closed

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Romania: Scandal, national stadium closed It may be Romania’s most modern stadium, but it also proved to operate for 4 years without a safety certificate. Now Stadionul National is closed and media storm rages on.

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Yesterday’s game between Steaua and FC Botosani was to be played at Stadionul National, but instead fans had to travel over 320km (200mi) to Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania. Why? Because the largest and most advanced stadium across Romania was closed for safety reasons.

In a surprising turn of events it was revealed that Stadionul National had been operating without a valid safety certificate from the Inspectorate of Emergencies (ISU) ever since it was opened back in 2011.

Stadionul National© GMP Architekten

The Inspectorate questioned the roof’s membrane, made of PVC (type 2 for retractable part and type 2 for permanent one). While such membranes are used worldwide, they’re not attested locally, according to reports by Romanian media.

Stadionul National© GMP Architekten

Adding fuel to the fire, former president of Romanian professional league (LPF) Dumitru Dragomir suggested that the underground parking beneath the stadium is a death trap. Should fire break out, people would only have elevators to use (and if those weren’t operating – no escape). According to Dragomir staircases were designed for the parking, but were not built in a cost-cutting measure.

Attempting to stop the media storm around it, management of the stadium put together a video clip presenting both stairs leading to/from the underground parking and all other fire-safety measures throughout the stadium. The company firmly believes the upcoming derby between Dinamo and Steaua (Nov 22) will be played at the reopened stadium.

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