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Awning collapses at Propst Arena at Huntsville's Von Braun Center

No one was injured.

Posted: Apr 27, 2021 6:52 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2021 11:28 PM

A part of Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville collapsed Tuesday evening.

According to Don Webster of Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, it happened around 6 p.m., and no one was injured.

Paramedics were already at the scene for the hockey game.

Samantha Nielsen, a spokesperson with the Von Braun Center, said they had to evacuate the arena. 

However, fans were let back inside and Huntsville Havoc game was only delayed 30 minutes.

"I was at the park with my friend and we just heard a loud sound, loud noises and we were kinda worried cause you know its the Von Braun you know, It's the Von Braun," Nina Brown said. 

Construction work was being done nearby but it is unclear if it caused part of the Budlight Cafe to collapse.

"It appears the sprinkler system did get damaged," Nielsen said. "There was some water involved as well, once the sprinkling system caused damaged, it caused our fire alarms immediately to go off."

Nielsen said Huntsville Fire and Rescue and the VBC staff immediately evacuated the building. A building inspector was able to determine the arena was still structurally sound, allowing fans to go back inside. 

However, the Budlight Cafe portion will remain closed off.

Havoc fan Andrew Ols said he was shocked, but did not feel nervous going into the arena.

"I mean if that fell on a person, that would be very unsafe, but its not like the building is about to fall," Ols said.

While the debris leaves behind a mess, everyone is thankful no one was hurt.

"No matter what happens, our priority is always the safety and security of our fans," Nielsen said. 

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