A false hearth alarm momentarily induced chaos during the second quarter of Collingwood’s AFL conflict with Adelaide on the MCG on Saturday.
A message performed over the audio system whereas the game continued, elevating eyebrows amongst gamers, earlier than the scenario escalated when a siren sounded.
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Umpires directed gamers to the centre of the bottom and fans instantly headed for the exits when the siren sounded.
Former Pies coach Nathan Buckley joked that it might have been accident, and just a few minutes handed earlier than it was a confirmed false alarm.
“In situations like this I can’t help but picture Homer Simpson just leaning on the wrong button,” he mentioned.
The MCG confirmed its emergency evacuation system was “automatically triggered” in a meals outlet on degree 4 of the Ponsford Stand.
“An investigation into the issue was immediately commenced and no evidence of risk to patrons was detected,” the MCC mentioned in an announcement.
“Venue management was able to stop the evacuation procedure and allow patrons back into the venue after approximately five minutes.
“The MCC sincerely apologises for the inconvenience to patrons and the competing clubs.”
Surprisingly, fans inside the bottom booed the drama surrounding the confirmed false alarm.
Safety guards might be seen giving fans a thumbs-down earlier than an MCG staffer issued an announcement over the PA system.
“Extraordinary,” retired AFL star Eddie Betts mentioned on Fox Sports activities.
“Last night we had 20,000 running onto the ground (after Buddy Franklin’s 1000th goal) and now we’ve got everyone standing around wondering what’s going on at the MCG.”
Sydney’s win over Geelong was paused for greater than half-hour on Friday night time following Franklin’s milestone feat.
The MCG suffered a real emergency in 1999 when a scoreboard hearth passed off earlier than a game between Richmond and Carlton.
The match was performed in full after firefighters extinguished the flame.
The bottom’s flammable cladding was additionally within the information this month when Melbourne had been denied a deliberate fireworks present on the season opener.