Rescue workers carry an injured fan from the stands at Turner Field during a baseball game between Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Atlanta
ATLANTA — With Yankees‘ slugger Alex Rodriguez pinch-hitting in the seventh inning Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves, a fan in section 401 at Turner Field apparently fell out of an upper deck, plunging more than an estimated 50 feet into concrete on the field level.
The fan needed emergency care. His immediate condition is unknown.
A fan, who didn’t want to be named, in section 401, told NJ Advance Media it was a man, who was apparently drunk, screaming at the Yankees when A-Rod came to bat. This person said the man flew over her and her two sisters from a row behind her and barely touched them as he went.
The man was in the second row of section 401. It was almost as if he jumped, she said.
She said the fan had been acting belligerently drunk all game. There was still a large wet stain on the railing in section 401 from what she said was his drink. The fans in the area soon left their seats with security, and several rows from the section were cleared out.
The Braves issued a statement: “There was an accident during tonight’s game involving a fan. The fan was immediately treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital.”
An usher from the section told NJ Advance that the man who fell was a season-ticket holder.
The fan, sitting in section 401, said she saw him fall and hit a railing, then bounce, and hit another one.
Saturday’s incident occurred two years after Ronald Lee Homer Jr., a 30-year-old Georgia native, fell 85 feet to his death from the fourth deck at Turner Field. The death was ruled a suicide by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.