May 22, 2008
It hasn't been a good year for fan safety at America's ballparks. Last night, a fan died at Atlanta's Turner Field last night after reportedly sliding along a railing and then falling four levels.
The 25-year-old man, who wasn't immediately identified, fell an estimated four levels inside the stadium to field level, striking concrete and metal railing, according to Atlanta Police spokesman Ron Campbell.
The situation is still being investigated and the Atlanta police say alcohol may have been involved. But regardless of what happened or why it happened, this is probably a good point for both teams and fans to start working for a change. The teams should take measures to ensure such falls aren't possible.
Fans, meanwhile, have to make sure to stay off those railings. As someone who used to slide down his fair share of United Center stair rails back in his more flexible days, I know that's a hard temptation to avoid. Especially after a big win and a few beers.
But it certainly beats the very dangerous alternative. Let's make sure to stay safe out there.