According to breaking news from Atlanta’s WSBV Channel 2 News and Alexis Stevens from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a fan fell 30 feet from an upper deck at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves.
The man’s name has not yet been released – neither has the cause of the fall. There seems to be some speculation as to whether the 2 hour rain delay had something to do with the man’s fall, but there has been no official report. The only details known is that the man fell and was transported to an area hospital around 9 p.m. – where he later died.
Unfortunately, this type of tragedy is not rare enough. About a year ago, in September 2012, a man attending a game between Tennessee and North Carolina at the Georgia Dome, fell over a railing, resulting in his death and the injury of another spectator.
What’s worse, this isn’t the first fatal fall at Turner Field. In May 2008, a man fell down a stairwell, suffering head injuries and ultimately resulting in his death. Police did determine that alcohol contributed to the man’s fall.
All of this begs the question, what new safety precautions are being talked about in regards to our nation’s arenas? And are we going to start seeing stricter regulation in terms of how much alcohol fan’s are allowed to consume during a game?
SGN Senior Correspondent Liam Bancroft