A San Francisco 49er fan has fallen to his death outside of a game in San Francisco's Candlestick Park Sunday.
The fan was on a walkway over Jamestown Avenue when he fell early Sunday afternoon. It was the opening day at Candlestick Park for the San Francisco Forty-Niners. It is also the final season for Candlestick Park. The Niners are moving to a new stadium in Santa Clara next season. Santa Clara is about 50 minutes south of Candlestick.
San Francisco Police have issued the following statement on the falling death of the fan:
Just before 1:30pm this afternoon a tragic death occurred at Candlestick Park before the 49ers game.
The victim, male in his 30s, was walking with his brother on the Jamestown pedestrian walkway. The victim fell onto the sidewalk and suffered serious injuries. Off duty medical personnel and SFPD officers rendered aid until a ambulance arrived.
The victim died from his injuries. The medical examiner will release identify of the victim once next of kin is notified. Multiple independent witnesses indicated he appeared to be intoxicated prior to his fall.
Officer Gordon Shyy
Officer Gordon Shyy
Public Information Officer
Media Relations Unit
San Francisco Police Department
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San Francisco Police say they responded to a number of calls at Candlestick Sunday reporting rowdy and often drunken fans.
The San Francisco 49er team issued a brief a statement about the fan's fatal fall.
NFL.com reports that 49ers spokesman Bob Lange confirmed the team was aware of the accident outside the stadium: "We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time."
"It was not clear how far the man fell from the Jamestown walkway, which goes around the outside of Candlestick."
The team has had to battle ongoing problems of drunken fans causing problems for themselves and others both in the stadium and in the parking area.
The story of a 49ers fan falling to his death made headlines as far away as the UK. That story is here.