Posted: Sun February 9, 2014 5:40PM; Updated: Sun February 9, 2014 5:40PM

Strong winds damage roof of Champions League final stadium

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Estadio da Luz
Heavy winds blew off the roof of the stadium that will host the Champions League final before a match.
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Heavy winds have blown off pieces of the roof at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz, the stadium that will host the Champions League final in May.

The damage led to Sunday's Portuguese league game between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon being postponed to Tuesday.

The worst storm to hit Lisbon in years blew parts of the roof's plastic covering onto the pitch, forcing the evacuation of around 50,000 fans.

After the supporters had left, several pieces of meters-long sheet metal were blown by the wind into the empty bleachers.

The Estadio da Luz will host the Champions League final on May 24.

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