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A terrace railing at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, collapsed during a rugby match

Horrible moment when dozens of fans crash into concrete as stadium terrace collapses during rugby match

  • Sydney rugby fans at Leichhardt Oval fell to the ground when a terrace collapsed
  • They watched a match between Saint Joseph and Saint Ignatius on Saturday
  • At about 5pm, the railing of a terrace collapsed, causing fans to smash into the concrete

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Dramatic footage shows the moment when a stadium terrace with fans collapsed, sending customers face forward into the concrete below.

Fans watching a rugby match in Sydney were sent to the ground around 5pm on Saturday after the railing of a stadium terrace at Leichhardt Oval fell.

The terrifying scene unfolded in front of about 15,000 fans towards the end of a match between St Joseph’s and St Ignatius Riverview.

Fans watching a rugby match at Sydney's Leichhardt Oval fell to the ground when a terrace railing toppled (pictured right)

Fans watching a rugby match at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval fell to the ground when a terrace railing toppled (pictured right)

St Joseph’s won the match with a score of 35 to 20.

Rugby fans quickly jumped online to beat the ‘unsafe’ ground.

“Today it is established that Leichhardt Oval must be sentenced immediately and that the Wests Tigers must never play there again,” one person wrote.

“Leichhardt Oval is a security risk,” said another.

No one was seriously injured in a terrace collapse at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night (pictured, fans fall after the terrace railing fell)

No one was seriously injured in a terrace collapse at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night (pictured, fans fall after the terrace railing fell)

No one was seriously injured in a terrace collapse at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night (pictured, fans fall after the terrace railing fell)

An upgrade to the Leichhardt oval still won’t solve a muddy hill, portaloos and minimal food and drink options without major changes that would be most upset. I have fond memories of the ground but it has had its day for big events,” wrote another.

“But seriously, this incident was captured in 4K. It will have to be a line in the sand with Leichhardt Oval in terms of improvements,” said another.

“Hopefully everyone is okay, because this could turn into a nasty accident with a mass of bodies falling onto concrete.”

A spokesman for Ambulance NSW told Daily Mail Australia that no one was seriously injured in the collapse.

Ambulance staff were already on standby for the match and were able to quickly receive the fallen fans.

The news comes just days after NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet broke his promise to upgrade Leichhardt Oval.

Fans at Leichhardt Oval said on Saturday the stadium was in dire need of an upgrade after a terrace collapse (photo, 'muddy hill' at Leichhardt Oval)

Fans at Leichhardt Oval said on Saturday the stadium was in dire need of an upgrade after a terrace collapse (photo, 'muddy hill' at Leichhardt Oval)

Fans at Leichhardt Oval said on Saturday the stadium was in dire need of an upgrade after a terrace collapse (photo, ‘muddy hill’ at Leichhardt Oval)

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis responded to the prime minister’s rejection of funding by saying ‘he kicked rugby’.

“These are elite sports stadiums for the community,” he told the Weekend Australian.

“We have expressed our displeasure. He would be aware of it. As a club, we sat around the table and formulated a stadium strategy for the next five or ten years, based on the upgrade of Leichhardt Oval.

‘The facilities at Leichhardt are third-worldly, on the verge of dangerous. He has attended Leichhardt on many occasions. He would know.’

A brawl between angry hooded fans broke out outside Leichhardt Oval earlier this week (pictured, the fans threw torches at each other)

A brawl between angry hooded fans broke out outside Leichhardt Oval earlier this week (pictured, the fans threw torches at each other)

A brawl between angry hooded fans broke out outside Leichhardt Oval earlier this week (pictured, the fans threw torches at each other)

Images of the angry hooded fans were shared on social media with viewers calling their behavior “disgusting.”

“More than disgusting… as a woman renewing membership on her own, can I safely go to these games on my own?” one person wrote.

“What if I walked back to my car and got caught up in this? Especially since parking has to be so far from the property. Seriously got me thinking.’

Another said: ‘I came from the Central Coast with my two-year-old daughter and wife to watch the game.

“As they walked out, they threw a torch two meters away from us. Security watched or ran away. No protection for families.

“Thanks to the guys who protected us and ran us into the stadium.”

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