'Constructive' solution for stadium safety

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12 April 2006, BRUSSELS - The Interior Ministry, Brussels City Council and fire authorities have developed a "constructive solution" to answer the safety problems at the Roi Baudouin sports stadium, Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said on Tuesday. This is despite the fact that Brussels Council Sports Alderman Bertin Mampaka has disputed Dewael's initial declaration following a July 2005 safety inspection that the stadium was not up to standard. The inspection - carried out by the minister's football depar

12 April 2006

BRUSSELS - The Interior Ministry, Brussels City Council and fire authorities have developed a "constructive solution" to answer the safety problems at the Roi Baudouin sports stadium, Interior Minister Patrick Dewael said on Tuesday.

This is despite the fact that Brussels Council Sports Alderman Bertin Mampaka has disputed Dewael's initial declaration following a July 2005 safety inspection that the stadium was not up to standard.

The inspection - carried out by the minister's football department - highlighted safety problems in the stadium, particularly with the main No. 1 stand. Inspectors said evacuation routes from that stand were insufficient.

According to Dewael, the safety measures in place made it possible to only seat 3,840 spectators as opposed to the 9,000 for which the stand was constructed.

However, the Interior Ministry, the Brussels City Council and the capital's fire authorities have since drawn up proposed solutions.

They called for the construction of two new staircases on both sides of the stand to increase its evacuation capacity and the installation of smoke and heat evacuation enclosures below the stand.

Brussels City will shortly be able to submit the new proposals for official approval.

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