• Braves Fan Falls To Death

    Posted by on August 13th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Via NBC -

    A man died after falling about 65 feet from an upper level onto a parking lot at Turner Field in Atlanta, authorities said.

    He was identified on Tuesday morning as 29-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers, Ga., the Fulton County Medical Examiner told NBC News.

    The incident occurred at 8:55 p.m. ET during a game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, according to Atlanta Police spokesman John Chafee.

    “It appears that the male fell from an upper-level platform to a secured lot below,” Chafee said.

    The man was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

    “At this time, there is no indication of foul play and the fall appears accidental,” Chafee added.

    The Braves issued a statement confirming the fall, and that the man had been transported to a hospital. The team referred all other inquiries to the Atlanta police.

    Rain had delayed the game by about two hours.

    Monday night’s fatal fall appears to be the second at Turner Field since it became the home of the Braves in 1997.

    A 25-year-old Georgia man fell down a stairwell during a game at Turner Field in 2008, and later died in what police determined to be an alcohol-related incident, according to the Associated Press.

    Is it just me, or, is this kind of stuff happening more often? There was that guy down in Texas in 2011, remember?

    I don’t ever recall hearing about this happening in the ’70′s, ’80′s and ’90′s. Maybe it’s because more people go to games now and it’s just the law of averages? Either that, or, the new parks, with more open areas, are not always as safe as the older ones? Something else?

    Comments on Braves Fan Falls To Death

    1. 77yankees
      August 13th, 2013 | 7:43 pm

      We had seats in the first row of the upper box level back in April, and I can understand how it’s a little harrowing walking down the steps. If you trip, turn an ankle, or some drunk stumbles into you and you fall forward, a knee to thigh high railing isn’t going to stop your momentum & keep you from tumbling over.

    2. rsr
      August 14th, 2013 | 1:19 pm

      Yeah, I’ve had seats in the top level at turner field. Now, there very well could be more to this story, and I’m not sure how he fell, but I do remember the angle being so steep I felt a little queasy, and my girlfriend was so uncomfortable we wouldn’t pay for those seats again. Again, I’m sure they did studies to make sure it’s safe, but if you have a balance problem, or get light headed, I wouldn’t’ want to be in those seats again.

    3. August 14th, 2013 | 1:28 pm

      FWIW, even in Yankee Stadium, the old and the new, when you are in the upper-upper deck, the steps are steep. Citi Field, IRRC, too.

      I think it was worse in the old Yankee Stadium. But, it’s still pretty bad there too now.

    4. rsr
      August 15th, 2013 | 7:02 pm

      I wouldn’t doubt if most stadiums are this way. Once in the super cheap seats was enough for me.

    5. September 20th, 2013 | 11:50 am

      Fan’s fatal fall at Turner Field ruled suicide

      http://www.ajc.com/news/news/fans-fatal-fall-at-turner-field-ruled-suicide/nZ29S/

      I doubt the family is going to buy that one…

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