MANO— Nicholas (6-5) (@Nixolaas) December 1, 2016
O LADO DE FORA DO ATANASIO GIRADOTpic.twitter.com/YYwdPZymj2
Soccer fans were planning to watch the Copa Sudamericana finals matchup between Colombia's Atletico Nacional and Brazil's Chapecoense on Wednesday night.
Those plans were quelled following the tragic airplane crash that claimed the lives of most of the Chapecoense team and several others on board.
The game was, of course, canceled but that did not deter a huge crowd of fans from showing up outside of the stadium in a tribute dedicated to the fallen athletes.
Apparently more than 100,000 Atlético Nacional fans inside and on the outskirts of the Atanasio Girardot to pay tribute to Chapecoense pic.twitter.com/JhoRPSR5WJ— Escojar (@Escojar) December 1, 2016
Fans also filled the inside of the stadium, cheering and sporting Chapecoense paraphernalia in a show of solidarity.
Eu não tenho palavras para descrever esse momento, juro. pic.twitter.com/HnopwjgmFq— Luã Rebollo ? (@rebollosep) November 30, 2016
Fox Sports Brazil, which had six of its employees on the flight, broadcasted a black screen with the hashtag #90MinutesOfSilence in observance of the tragedy during the time the game was set to air, Uproxx reports.
Chapecoense was supposed to play Atletico Nacional now. Fox Sports in Brazil airing a black screen with a hashtag "90 minutes of silence" ?? pic.twitter.com/QbBw5XWp8v— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) December 1, 2016
Twitter user @Escojar posted that more than 100,000 fans showed up for the tribute at the stadium. Although the circumstances are heartbreaking, it is beautiful to see such a massive group of people come together to pay their respects to all those who died and their grieving loved ones.
Banner Photo Credit: Twitter @Escojar