Fan Dies After Falling 35 Feet at Georgia Dome

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIISeptember 1, 2012

AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rich Addicks
AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rich Addicks

A 20-year-old man from Tennessee fell about 35 feet from his seat in the Georgia Dome during Friday night's game between Tennessee and North Carolina State. He was pronounced dead minutes before midnight at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to ESPN

Isaac Grubb, from Lenoir City, Tennessee, fell from his seat in the mezzanine and landed on another fan. No details are available as to what caused the fall. 

Fulton County Medical Examiner investigator Leon Harrison told the Associated Press by phone that Grubb died from injuries suffered from blunt force trauma and had "passed away at the hospital."

Harrison said that an autopsy was planned for Saturday morning.

Additionally, the fan Grubb fell on was being treated for injuries but was released from the hospital. No additional details were given.

The Georgia World Congress Authority, which operates the Georgia Dome, said the fall occurred around 8:30 p.m. ET during Tennessee's 35-21 win. 

The Authority noted that the Georgia Dome "meets or exceeds the international building code requirement." They went on further to say (via Atlanta-Journal Constitution), "There’s nothing in our investigation that indicates we need to change anything that we’re currently doing."

This is the second fatal fall from the stands in as many days, as a fan plummeted 60 feet from an escalator during the Houston Texans exhibition game against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.

The Authority is expected to release more details later on Saturday.