A baseball fan died on Monday night after falling from an upper level platform at Turner Field. The man fell more than 60 feet onto a parking lot in the back of the stadium during the game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.
Authorities identified the man as 29-year-old Ronald Homer. An autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday after he perished from what appears to be an accidental fall. Homer was taken to Atlanta Medical Center after falling six stories, but he died from his injuries. Police were alerted of the fall just before 9 p.m. ET. It’s unknown whether alcohol contributed to the incident.
Monday marks the third time in the past year that a fan has fallen from the stands in Atlanta. Last August, a man died at the Georgia Dome when he fell over a railing as Tennessee played North Carolina State in a college football game. Less than a month later, a fan fell over a staircase as Georgia Tech and Miami faced off in a football game. The 25-foot fall, though, didn’t leave the man seriously injured.
In July 2011, a fan died during a game between the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. Television cameras showed the man fall about 20 feet as he reached over the stands to try to catch a home run ball. The image of the man hitting the ground, though, was obstructed by the outfield wall.