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Fire in scoreboard delays Columbus-D.C. United match

Apr 27, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

Crew stadium fire

When you think you’ve seen it all … well, better think again.

Saturday’s D.C. United match in Columbus was delayed for almost an hour because – not making this up, swear – the scoreboard caught on fire.

There’s video proof and everything.

We can make light because no one was hurt, and Crew officials appeared to have things contained. And because the game did eventually kickoff without further incident, although delayed by 50 minutes and with some sections of the stadium closed for seating.

Columbus Crew Stadium, the first facility built expressly for Major League Soccer, is 14 years old.

Check back for updates. Columbus Crew officials will speak on the fire later tonight, the team says.


  1. east96st - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    It got dicey for a few minutes. Just as the fire department arrived, it really started to billow some serious smoke. Tip of the hat to Columbus FD who did an outstanding job putting it out. As you might imagine, it’s a little tricky trying to put a fire out on top of the scoreboard inside a stadium. The aerial ladder was stretched to it’s max. Eventually, the CFD sent some men up and into the scoreboard to put it out. Thank you CFD!

  2. east96st - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    BTW – Steve, you would loved this. With no speaker system available due to the fire, the supporters in the Nordecke led the whole stadium in singing the National Anthem. Great sports moment.

    • Steve Davis - Apr 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      I DO like that. Well done, you guys!

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