An update here. Apparently, San Franscisco wasn’t the only city to experience a fan falling. Two spectators were injured when a railing collapsed at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Per NBC News, Barney Levengood, executive director of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, issued a statement that said one of the people was released after receiving medical attention at the stadium, while the other had to be transported to be transported to an area hospital for further treatment, though the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
Not a whole lot of details are available at the moment, but this much is known: For the second time in just over a month, a fan has fallen from an open area at a stadium and died. This time, it happened in San Francisco. Here’s the Associated Press story:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A football fan fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park during the 49ers-Green Bay Packers game.
San Francisco police spokesman Gordon Shyy (SHY) says multiple people witnessed the man’s fall onto a sidewalk from the Jamestown walkway, which goes around Candlestick.
According to police, witnesses say the man appeared intoxicated when he fell just after kickoff at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 49ers’ 34-28 win over the Packers. Off-duty medics and police officers gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived, but the man was declared dead from his injuries.
Shyy says the man who appeared to be in his 30s suffered serious injuries. It was not immediately clear how many feet he had fallen.
His identity is being withheld until the medical examiner notifies his family.
Thoughts and prayers out to that mans family. I’ve shared my thoughts on this before, but it’s worth restating. As beautiful as these stadiums are—San Fran is expected to open a new football stadium next season—it’s clear there are improvements that can be made as far as keeping fans safe is concerned. Common sense would tell people to stay away from railings when you’re on the upper levels of the stadium, but when you factor in the alcohol that’s consumed at these games, common sense typically gets thrown out the window. These kinds of incidents are happening far too often.