Fan dies in fall at baseball game

A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.

Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed the death hours after the fall in the seventh inning.

Hampton said the man was in his early 60s and was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate word on his identity pending notification of his next of kin.

Hampton said no fans were hurt in the lower level seats where the man fell.

The man fell from section 401 and landed close to a 200-level area where players’ wives and families sit. There was blood on the concrete surface around the seats.

There was no delay in the game while stadium medical personnel treated the man for about 10 minutes, applying CPR. As they worked in a circle around the man, security officers cleared the area. The fan was taken from the seating area on a backboard, and transported to the hospital.

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius was standing on second base, following his double, when he saw the man fell.

“I was thinking about it the whole time,” Gregorius said after the Yankees won 3-1. “It was right in front of the camera in the press box. He hit the wires.”


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