Oakland, CA — A Raiders fan fell from the upper deck at O.co Coliseum on Thursday during a game between Oakland and the Denver Broncos. The man is in serious condition.
Oakland police officer Kevin McDonald stated that initial reports have labeled the Raiders fan’s plunge as an accident, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.
The fan who fell’s name has not been released, but witnesses reported seeing him climb over a wall on the concourse outside the Coliseum’s third deck, facing the Oracle Arena. The incident occurred about 5:35 pm local time. Police believe that, while the man intentionally climbed the wall, the fall was an accident.
The Raiders fan fell to a concourse 30 feet below. The incident happened just as the game was getting started and he was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland. ABC News notes that the man was initially treated at the scene and is now listed in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.
Oakland police Sergeant Chris Bolton assured on Friday that the incident involved no foul play, adding, “This is not a criminal investigation, and no follow-up is being done in connection to a criminal case.” Eyewitness accounts have varied on what exactly caused the Raiders fan to fall.
The Oakland Raiders issued a statement after Thursday’s game, saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with this gentleman and his family and friends.” It is not known if alcohol may have played a role in the man’s fall, though with the incident taking place at the beginning of the game, it is unlikely (unless the man was drinking before he attended the game).
Should police investigate further into the Raiders fan who fell from the upper deck of Oakland’s Coliseum, or are they right to accept the fall as an accident?