MLB: Fan dies in fall at Turner Field
ATLANTA — A fan who fell more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform at Atlanta’s Turner Field has been identified as 29-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office early Tuesday released the man’s identity and said an autopsy is planned for Tuesday.
Homer fell during Monday night’s game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta police spokesman John Chafee said there’s no indication of foul play, and the fall appears to have been an accident.
“It appears he fell from an upper-level platform to a secured lot below,” Chafee said late Monday.
Police received the report of the fall just before 9 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they located a man who appeared to have about six stories. The man was transported to Atlanta Medical Center and died of his injuries.
Chafee said the fall occurred on the stadium’s back side. He said witnesses described the fall as accidental, but that police were not releasing other details of what they said. He said he did not know if wet conditions or alcohol were factors.
Heavy rains had led to a nearly two-hour delay of the game, which was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.
Monday’s accident wasn’t the first of its kind to happen at Turner Field, and marked at least the third time a sports fan has fallen from the stands in Atlanta in about a year.
Isaac Grubb, 20, of Lenoir City, Tenn. died after falling over a railing at the Georgia Dome during a football game between Tennessee and North Carolina State on Aug. 31, 2012. Authorities said he landed on another man seated in the lower level, and that alcohol was a factor.