A 49ers fan dies after falling off the pedestrian walkway onto the sidewalk below during Sunday's game. The man appeared to be intoxicated say witnesses at the 49ers-Green Bay Packer game. “Fox and Friends” live on Monday morning Sept. 9 reports that this is the first of two accidents at stadiums on the first weekend of the NFL games.
Yahoo Sports this morning reports that a railing collapsed at the Colts’-Raiders game in Indianapolis, injuring two men. The two fans were leaning against the railing at the Lucas Oil Stadium at the time it collapsed. The railing acts as a barrier above the tunnel leading to Oakland’s locker room.
The two football fans in Indianapolis escaped serious injuries, but one was taken out on a stretcher and the other in a wheelchair. According to the Sporting News NFL, this accident happened after the Colts-Raider game had ended. Witnesses say the men fell and hit the pavement hard when the railing gave way.
The 49ers fan was not as lucky, his injuries were serious. Even though some off-duty paramedics and police were in the crowd and jumped in to attend to the victim almost immediately, it was to no avail. The fan was declared dead on scene once the ambulance arrived.
The deceased man was said to be in his 30s, but his name was not released and won’t be until his family has been contacted. It was not clear just exactly how the man fell from the Jamestown walkway or how far of a fall it was from the walkway to the sidewalk below.
This is the last year for the Candlestick Stadium, it stands on the future home of a shopping center. A new $1.2 billion stadium at the 49ers headquarters in the Silicon Valley will be their new stadium starting next year.
According to the Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents, there have been more than two dozen cases reported across the nation of fans falling at stadiums since 2003.