Fan dies from upper deck fall at Georgia Dome
Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – One day after a fan fell to his death at Reliant Stadium in Houston, another fan died after falling 45 feet from the upper deck of Georgia Dome during the Chick-fil-A kickoff game between the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State Friday.
According to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, 20-year-old Isaac Grubb was seen earlier in the day by witness drinking alcohol on Dome premises before he fell to his death.
GWCC spokeswoman Jennifer LeMaster said Grubb was celebrating a Tennessee touchdown when he fell over the railing.
LeMester said Dome emergency medical technicians, stationed in four areas of the Dome, immediately tended to Grubb within moments after his fall despite claims by several witnesses that EMTs took 15 minutes to arrive.
During his fall, Grubb struck a 34-year-old man who suffered facial lacerations and was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. He was later released.
LeMaster said the incident will not force stadium officials to implement changes as deck railing “meets or exceeds the international building code requirement.”
“There’s nothing in our investigation that indicates we need to change anything that we’re currently doing,” LeMaster said. “The safety and security of our fans are paramount. It appears to be a tragic accident.”
She also denied vendors inside the Dome sold Grubb alcohol. The legal age for buying alcohol in Georgia is 21.
“We have a zero tolerance policy for serving minors,” LeMaster said. “We have extensive training on when to cut patrons off.”
Before this, a 45-year-old man died after falling about 60 feet from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium in Houston during the Texans preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday.
Police said the man was trying to slide down the outside of the handrail on the escalator when he fell three stories, landing on the pavement.