A 22-year-old is in critical condition after falling approximately 40 feet at North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium shortly after the beginning of the ACC championship football game. According to the victim's mother, the man slipped from the stadium's forth level after stopping to snap a photograph on his way back to his seat.
The victim landed on a grassy area near the stadium's north gate, after which emergency response personnel transported him to a nearby medical care facility. The man suffered a number of serious injuries due to the fall, including fractures in his arm and skull. Additionally, doctors were forced to remove one of his kidneys, which was crushed in the accident.
Authorities confirmed the mother of the victim's account of the incident. The police report state that while walking up the ramp, the victim jumped up on the safety wall and accidentally fell over the side due to his momentum.
It is unclear whether the stadium will face criminal charges or a civil lawsuit in response to the accident. A spokesperson for the Carolina Panthers explained that stadium staff is trained to practice proper security and safety. He noted that the stadium does not currently plan to change any of its operations, but said it has yet to receive a final police report regarding the incident. According to stadium records, the fall marked the stadium's first serious accident since its opening in 1996.
The victim's mother, who works as a nurse in another state, described her son as "fun-loving" and "deeply loved," adding that the accident's aftermath has been particularly stressful for the victim's brothers.
Source: Charlotte Observer, "Man was taking photo before he fell at stadium," Dec. 3, 2012