The adage "They don't make them like they used to" seems to apply to BMO Field, the new $72 Million soccer stadium in Toronto.
"BMO Field will be safe, city inspector says
By JAMES CHRISTIE
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
TORONTO — Toronto FC fans can leave their hard hats at home when they come to BMO Field Saturday to watch the team go for its third consecutive win in a tussle with D.C. United, after safety assurances from an inspector and an official of the Major League Soccer club.
There won't be any more bolts or fasteners falling from the underside of the stands, an inspection manager for Toronto Building said after an army of workers clambered through the stands tightening all the 40,000 problematic 10-centimetre bolts and adding locking nuts to some.
"The entire decking system has been checked and remedial action is expected to be complete before [Saturday's] game," Rick Flood said in an interview Friday. "They'd been aware of the problem [and] have been doing the remedials. It was a very minor problem, with only a handful of bolts coming loose, perhaps a dozen in all. But they've been going through, securing all 40,000."
Flood said it was not determined that the fasteners which fell to the concourse level had come loose as a result of vibrations from rhythmic clapping and stomping in the stands.
City inspectors have said BMO Field will be safe for Saturday's game between Toronto FC and D.C. United.
Great news because tomorrow we have to kick some DC...
"It may have been a workmanship issue," he said. "Perhaps the bolts just weren't tightened as much as they had to be. The stomping may have cause the things to fall, but it's not the cause of any major failure."
Bob Hunter, the executive vice-president of operations for the stadium manager and Toronto FC's owner, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, was at BMO Field Friday and confirmed the repairs will be finished.
The units in question consisted of a washer, an attached bolt and locking nut which pull together the overlapping sections of the metal decking of each row of seats. "Structurally, it's not an issue," Hunter said."
Does anyone remember any similar problems ever happening at seventy-seven year old Ivor Wynne Stadium (previously known as Civic Stadium) in Hamilton?