We are only one week into the 2013 NFL season and there have already been two separate incidents surrounding fan safety. Following the Indianapolis Colts' 21-17 win over the Oakland Raiders, two fans were injured from a fall when a railing gave way. Later that day, a fan tragically lost his life after falling from a pedestrian walkway when attending the 49ers game in San Francisco.
Just as members of the Oakland Raiders team were exiting the field, two fans fell from section 148 into the visiting team's tunnel. The railing that was meant to separate the section from the tunnel gave way.
The fans immediately received care from IU Health medical personnel. One fan was released after being checked out at Lucas Oil Stadium. The other was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital for further evaluation.
Fortunately, the injuries did not appear to be serious. Although, the fans were certainly shaken up after the fall.
According to a witness at the game, the fans were leaning on the railing when it broke. Lucky for Lucas Oil Stadium and the Colts that the fans did not suffer serious injury. It will be interesting to find out what steps will be taken to prevent future incidents at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In a more tragic incident, a fan fell to his death from an elevated pedestrian walkway outside of Candlestick Park just after kickoff. A day fans should have been happy for the 49ers big win over the Packers will forever be remembered by the friends and family of 32-year-old Kevin Hayes.
According to Fox News, off-duty medics and police officers attended to Hayes. Unfortunately, the fan was pronounced dead as a result to his injuries. This incident appears to have been an accident.