Fan Falls to His Death at 49ers Game

And 2 others were hurt in Indianapolis

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 9, 2013 10:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – It looks like football isn't just hazardous to the players' health—it might be hazardous to fans, too. A man died at Candlestick Park in San Francisco yesterday, falling from an elevated walkway just after the kickoff in the 49ers-Packers game. Witnesses tell the AP that the man appeared to be drunk. Police and off-duty medics administered first aid, and an ambulance was summoned, but the man, who was in his 30s, was declared dead from his injuries. It's not the first fan death at the park, which is set to be demolished after this season. Previous unlucky spectators have been shot to death, and killed by a horse.

Incredibly, it wasn't the NFL's only such accident yesterday, either. Two more fans were injured when a railing gave way over the tunnel at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, during the Colts' game against the Oakland Raiders yesterday. One left in a wheelchair, while the other was carried out in a stretcher. A stadium official said one had been treated on-site, but the other had been transported to a local hospital for additional evaluation.

Stadium personnel look over the area where two men fell from the stands after a railing gave way as the Oakland Raiders were leaving the field following a game in Indianapolis, Sunday.
Stadium personnel look over the area where two men fell from the stands after a railing gave way as the Oakland Raiders were leaving the field following a game in Indianapolis, Sunday.   (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
This Nov. 11, 2012 file photo shows Candlestick Park is shown during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco.
This Nov. 11, 2012 file photo shows Candlestick Park is shown during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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