It was early on the morning of Midsummer’s Day that the alarm came, the football stand Lagavallen in Ljungby was in flames. A tragedy for the football club Ljungby IF and everyone involved in the club.
Last week, the team was once again able to play a match on the A field for the first time since the fire.
– It works, but it would have been nice to have an audience in the stands. We have a stand opposite, but not with a roof and there is standing room, says the club’s secretary Kjell Karlsson.
A child under the age of 15 is suspected of having caused the fire. That investigation is still ongoing.
In parallel, Ljungby municipality and the insurance company have had several meetings about the future of the stands. Johan Mansfeld, deputy property manager at Ljungby municipality, now tells SVT that the stand was fully insured and planning for the reconstruction is underway.
– The building must be restored to its original condition. We hope that construction can start this fall and a season premiere in the fall, he says.
However, the timetable depends on how extensive the damage turns out to be. An investigation is currently underway into the extent of the moisture damage from the extinguishing work.
After the fire, a collection was started for Ljungby IF. According to the club’s treasurer, they have received between 20 and 30,000 kroner. Money to cover the club’s damaged materials, such as jerseys, footballs and cones.
– It is fantastic that our members and others show such great interest in us getting through this, says treasurer Lars Göran Adolfsson.