D.C. United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night, but Audi Field’s opening could have gone better.
A railing at the brand-new stadium fell and hit sideline reporter Lindsay Simpson before the game. It was the first game for DC United at the near $200 million stadium.
NEW: A railing at Audi Field hit D.C. United sideline reporter Lindsay Simpson shortly before today's broadcast.
A team spokesman says Simpson was hit, possibly in the shoulder. Medics treated her on-site.
Staff later seen using duct tape to secure railings around the stadium. pic.twitter.com/yaBpvqnePQ
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) July 15, 2018
An author for MLS’ website noted that Simpson’s incident may not have been the only one involving a falling railing.
So they’ve had a couple of incidents here at the stadium where sections of railing have fallen – in one incident someone got struck by falling debris. They’ve resorted to duct tape as a temp fix. pic.twitter.com/mgPtckTL4x
— Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) July 15, 2018
D.C. United moved from RFK Stadium to Audi Field. RFK, built in 1961, had its own issues. It was falling apart seven years ago, long before Audi Field opened. But a 50-year-old stadium having problems is a bit different than a state-of-the-art stadium on opening night. At least we know duct tape is as reliable as always.
Thankfully the railing didn’t hit Simpson in the head. The former college soccer player is also the team’s director of communications.
The first game at Audi Field was also D.C.’s first game with Wayne Rooney. The former Manchester United and Everton forward made the move to MLS when the Premier League season was over. Rooney entered the game in the 58th minute as D.C. beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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