Three workers have died after a section of the Shenzhen Stadium in southern China collapsed during renovation work.

According to the South China Morning Post, three more workers were treated for injuries following the incident on Monday morning local time at the complex’s 6,000-capacity basketball venue.

The newspaper added that the complex is being torn down due to its outdated sound, lighting and general facilities. Most of the interior had already been taken out of the section in question, with a handful of pillars left to support the roof.

A new multi-sports development has been earmarked for the same spot, with a scheduled completion date of the end of June 2020 after work began last year. The capacity of the complex’s main stadium will be increased to 32,000.

The Shenzhen government, which opened the stadium in 1985, is funding the new development in the Futian district (pictured).

The government announced in June 2018 that the complex would be revamped in order to host high-level sports competitions.

Other sports facilities in the city, including the Shenzhen Bay Stadium, which opened in 2011 and has a 20,000-seat stadium and 13,000-capacity arena, had overtaken Shenzhen Stadium as a chosen host of international sports events.

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