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Alert for possible structural flaws in Cartagena baseball and football stadium

A letter from structuralist engineer Jorge Rocha alerted the Cartagena infrastructure Secretariat to possible structural flaws that could be presented at the November 11 baseball stadium and the Jaime Morón football stadium, because these were scenarios built 70 years ago.

According to the letter, the porticos that make up the roof were fractured in the Jaime Morón when some repairs were made for the Central American Games. And on November 11, the steels were worn out and the pieces of concrete began to fall.

“When designing concrete structure, the useful life is 45 years of age, after this age the materials fall into fatigue as presented by the stadium Jaime Morón, where they have fractured the arches, putting the roof at risk of collapse faced by the live load or attendees at the stadium,” reads the document.

In addition, it indicates that the complaint was recorded by the IPCC Technical Committee at an extraordinary meeting preceded by the mayor in charge Pedrito Pereira.

Following this alert, mayor Pereira said he will ask the expert to demonstrate technically whether or not there is actually an imminent possibility of collapse in the aforementioned scenarios.

This complaint is referred to a few months of that take place in the capital of Bolívar, the National Games of 2019, which shall be in both sporting arenas as the venue of the fair.

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