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Bad Reichenhall Ice Skating Rink

General Information

Beginning of works: 1971
Completion: 1973
Status: collapsed (2 January 2006)

Project Type

Function / usage: Ice rink / ice arena
Material: roof:
Wooden / timber structure


Location: , , ,
Coordinates: 47° 44' 3.84" N    12° 53' 14.99" E
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Technical Information


width 48 m
length 75 m
building volume 69 814 m³


cost of construction German Mark 15 370 000

Excerpt from Wikipedia

At approximately 15:00 UTC on Monday 2 January 2006, in the town of Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany, near the Austrian border, the roof of a 1970s-built ice rink collapsed, possibly under the weight of heavy snowfall, trapping 50 people underneath the rubble.

Fifteen people were killed, with the last body being recovered early on 5 January. Eight children are known to have died. Thirty-two people were injured. Weather conditions in the area were extremely severe, an avalanche having killed three people nearby earlier in the day.

The rescue was temporarily halted on 3 January due to fears that the walls of the ice rink could collapse, endangering firefighters, police and rescue workers. However it resumed in the early hours of the next morning.

The accident provoked outrage in the town as it emerged that officials had halted the training session of an ice hockey team inside the rink due to fears that the wall could collapse. Prior to the disaster, officials had planned to close the ice rink on Monday 2 January as snowfall was continuing. However, as many meteorologists pointed out, the weather and snow conditions were not unusual for the time of the year as the town lies in a popular winter sport area of Southern Germany.

Local officials examined the collapsed roof on Monday and suggested that the accumulated snow was below the limit for the roof.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Bad Reichenhall Ice Rink roof collapse" and modified on 29 June 2020 according to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.



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