A 49ers fan died during a football game at Candlestick Park. USA Today reports on Sept. 8 that the unidentified man may have been intoxicated. The man fell from an elevated walkway shortly after the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers started.
A fan fell from an elevated walkway at Candlestick Park and landed on the sidewalk. Early reports indicate he was probably intoxicated, but police have not confirmed this. Although an ambulance arrived quickly, the unidentified man died from his injuries at the scene.
Police are not releasing the man’s name because his family has not been contacted. The 49ers fan’s death had no impact on the game with the Packers, and it was not interrupted. Except for the witnesses, most fans were not aware of the accident.
It does not appear that the man was pushed, but police are investigating the incident. Gordon Shyy, who is a spokesperson for the police, stated that there were many witnesses to his fall. This is not the first time a fan has fallen at a stadium. In August, Ronald Lee Homer Jr. fell from a platform at Turner Field in Atlanta and died from his injuries. Similar to the recent incident, police believe it was an accident, and he was not pushed.
The Indianapolis Colts also experienced a problem with their rails this weekend, and two fans fell from the stands after the barrier collapsed. The two fans did not suffer life-threatening injuries, and one of them was released without needing to go to a hospital.