Dutch Eredivisie football club AZ Alkmaar has chosen BAM to replace the entire roof at its AFAS Stadion after part of it collapsed in the summer of 2019.
High winds were blamed for the partial collapse of the roof in the Molenaar stand. The stadium was empty at the time and nobody was hurt in the incident.
AZ has now reached an agreement with BAM Bouw en Techniek for the new roof of the AFAS Stadium and preparatory work has now started.
The new roof – designed by ZJA – will extend four meters on all sides towards the field, making the stadium more comfortable for supporters in wet weather.
The current floodlight poles will also be replaced by sustainable LED lighting in the eaves. BAM will carry out the work in collaboration with ASK Romein, which specialises in steel construction.
The work will start soon and will also take place during the first half of the season. With temporary facilities in place, matches can still be played in the stadium.
AZ’s general director Robert Eenhoorn said:
This agreement means that the plans for the new roof will actually be realized. As a club, we are taking another step forward, despite the difficult time we have been in together. We offer our fans a safe, comfortable and innovative stadium.
Eric Moleman, director of BAM Bouw en Techniek, said:
We can now really get started. The preparations are in full swing and within a few weeks we will start with the foundations. We are particularly proud that we can use the knowledge and experience of BAM to realize the new roof and thus contribute to AZ’s ambitions.