HOUSTON – Houston Texans fans watched in horror as a man fell to his death from an escalator inside Reliant Stadium Thursday night.
A statement issued by officials of Reliant Park, where the stadium is situated, says the fan fell from the escalator Thursday night while attending a preseason game between the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings.
Houston police confirmed to KHOU the man died after he was transported to a Houston hospital.
Witnesses said the man fell from the 600 level. Cell phone video obtained from a game attendee shows people scrambling and pleading for someone to help the victim.
Randall Wisdom, a Texans fan from Channelview, said he and his 18-year-old daughter were on the escalator below the victim when the incident happened.
“My daughter is devastated, she’s never experienced something like that,” he said. “We seen him when he landed.”
Wisdom said they first saw a hat and cup fall, and the man came next.
In 2010, a firefighter attending a Texas Rangers game in Arlington died when he fell from the left field stands while reaching for a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Shannon Stone fell about 20 feet onto concrete when he tumbled over the left-field railing after catching the ball and falling into an area out of sight from the field as the Rangers faced Oakland. Cooper Stone, his 9-year-old son, witnessed the fall during the second inning.
This past April, a statue of Stone and his son was dedicated to Rangers fans in front of the home plate gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Railings also were raised throughout the ballpark before this season.
In July 2009 at Rangers Ballpark, a fan fell 30 feet from the second deck while trying to catch a foul ball. That fan, Tyler Morris, suffered a fractured skull and sprained ankle.