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Football fan falls, causes injuries on lower deck

A 20-year-old man was killed after falling over a 33-inch railing at a football stadium last week during a college football game. The underage fan had been drinking for hours before the game, according to friends, but had not purchased any alcohol in the stadium. When the man fell, he caused injuries to a fan on the lower mezzanine of the seats.

The stadium is equipped with 33-inch railings in front of the seats and 42-inch railings in front of the aisles. An initial review has not found any equipment failures of the stadium, and the next day's game went on without a change in policies. However, this fall occurred a day after another football stadium saw a 60-foot fall from an escalator.

Sports events are large gatherings of people who may be caught up in the game or in having a good time and become unaware of their surroundings. The stadiums or other venues can only do so much to protect fans, in cases like this one, from themselves and others. There was nothing man who was injured due to the actions of the young man who had been drinking could have done to prevent his injuries.

Unfortunately, this case does involve the death of a young man, who, if he was intoxicated enough to have fallen over a nearly 3 foot railing, should not have been allowed into the stadium by security or staff. This is a very sad case of premises liability, wrongful death and personal injury -- all of which could have been easily avoided or prevented.

Source: The Associated Press, "Police: Fan, 20, was drinking before Ga. Dome fall," Ray Henry, Sep. 1, 2012

  • Our firm represents cases of personal injury, premises liability and wrongful death like those discussed in this post. For more information, visit our Maryland dangerous premises page.

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