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Fan critically injured in fall at Olympic Stadium

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Major League Baseball returned to Montreal for the first time in nearly a decade when the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets opened a brief two-game exhibition series at Olympic Stadium on Friday night.

It's an event that has brought much excitement to the baseball starved city and province in the days and weeks leading in. Unfortunately, though, much of that excitement and enthusiasm will be tempered following news that a fan is fighting for his life after falling nearly 40 feet from the stands to the ground below.

From the Montreal Gazette:

According to a release, the man, in his 40s, fell while walking to his seat, falling 10 to 15 metres to the ground below. Police say the call was received at 10:45 p.m., at or near the end of an exhibition between the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets.

Police were on the scene after the game. It was not immediately clear where the incident took place, or if the man fell during the game.

The Associated Press reports the fall occurred behind the perimeter fence in center field. Few other details about the fall or what may have led to it were available early Saturday morning. A police spokesman only added "we do fear for his life at this time."

Obviously this is a serious situation that puts the game itself in a different perspective. What should be a weekend of thrills and perhaps even encouragement after the Friday night game drew 46,121 fans to Olympic Stadium, now turns to concern for the injured fan and his loved ones.

The finale of the series will go on as scheduled at 1:05 ET on Saturday afternoon. 50,000 fans are expected to attend, bringing the weekend total to nearly 100,000. The Blue Jays won Friday's game 5-4.

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