Fan Falls to His Death at Candlestick Park During Packers vs. 49ers

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 9, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  A general view of the American flag being displayed on the field before the NFC Divisional playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. gv (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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A football fan fell to his death Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park during the Week 1 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, KTVU in San Francisco reports.

Off-duty medics and police officers tried to provide aid at the scene, but he was declared dead shortly after. 

Per the reportSan Francisco police spokesman Gordon Shyy says there were a number of people in close proximity who saw the man fall from the elevated Jamestown walkway that travels around Candlestick Park. 

The man, whose name is not being released until the medical examiner's office can notify the family, was identified by witnesses to be intoxicated at the time of the fall. 

Fan safety is an important topic in professional sports. 

Shortly after a rain delay halted play between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, a fan fell to his death at Turner Field in August. In 2011, a baseball fan died at the Ballpark in Arlington trying to catch a ball tossed into the stands by former Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. 

Shortly after the latter incident, the Rangers announced initiatives to make their stadium safer. 

The 49ers are expected to make Candlestick Park part of their past after the 2013 NFL season is in the books. San Francisco will call Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., home starting in 2014. 

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