Bomb Threat Evacuates German Soccer Stadium Police say there was a plan to detonate explosives inside By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Nov 17, 2015 2:40 PM CST 27 comments Comments Two police officers stand in the HDI-Arena in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday just before the stadium was evacuated before the friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP) (Newser) – A soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands in the German city of Hannover was cancelled Tuesday because of plans to detonate explosives inside the stadium, the AP reports. Local police received a warning about a possible bomb threat shortly before the gates opened. According to the BBC, Hannover Stadium was evacuated less than two hours before kickoff. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been scheduled to attend the match. Police were encouraging residents to stay away from the stadium and not travel in large groups, the AP reports.