This was the dramatic moment when the hopes of thousands of football fans in Birmingham almost came crashing down before last night's England-Sweden World Cup clash.
A giant screen erected at the Fan Park in Millennium Point was toppled over by a gust of wind just a few hours before the arrival of supporters who had paid to watch the game.
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Witnesses reported seeing the six by ten-metre structure rocking backwards and forwards before it finally collapsed.
The area had been evacuated and no one was injured when it came down.
All pre-match entertainment was cancelled but Birmingham City Council rushed a replacement screen, about two-thirds the size of the original, from Banbury in Oxfordshire in time for the 8pm kick-off.
The event was a sell-out, with up to 3,000 fans having paid #3.50 each, but about 2,500 were in attendance for last night's screening. Organ-isers said they believed the rain had deterred some people from turning up.
Kevin Brown, head of events at Birmingham City Council, said a freak gust of wind had caused the collapse. Workmen had been trying to dismantle the screen to protect it from 35mph winds when it fell.
"There would not have been a risk to the public, the screen would have always fallen backwards into the backstage area, it is designed that way," he said.
"Obviously we would not have expected it to collapse and there will be a full investigation."
He added that the replacement 40 metre-square screen was mounted on a lorry and unlikely to topple if windy weather continued during the evening. Following the collapse, the area was cordoned off and, in the confusion, some fans arriving early were told the park was closed and the match would not be screened.
Chris Richardson, a 27-year-old student said: "We have come all the way from Bromsgrove to see the match and I've got no idea what we are going to do now."
Munchbreak, one of the local bands due to play before the match, were on stage when the screen started to sway.
"It was behind us and swaying backwards and forwards, it seemed really flimsy with only one support at the back," said 23-year-old band member Nobby.
"We were on stage setting up our instruments when somebody shouted at us to get off the stage. About a minute or so later the whole thing collapsed.
"We were lucky that nothing was damaged. If the screen had fallen forwards it would have smashed all of our gear."
A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council said fans who had expected the full programme of entertainment would be compensated.
"Members of the public who have bought tickets for the England versus Sweden match will also be eligible for free tickets for both Saturday and Sunday's second round match screenings and pre-match entertainment," she said.
There would be financial losses resulting from the screen collapse but she said it was still too early to say what these would be.
"This was never a profit-making exercise and this will just mean the events will cost a little bit more.
"We won't know what the cost will be until we can look at the box office takings."
Although the council is considering the possibility of installing a new, larger screen for the weekend, the spokes-woman said it was unlikely one could be set up in time for the matches.