The atmosphere dramatically changed when a 45-year-old man fell to his death Thursday night while attending the Houson Texans-Minnesota Vikings preseason game at Reliant Stadium.
CBS Houston reports that the man, who has yet to be identified, allegedly tried to slide down the outside handrail of an escalator when he fell three stories and landed on the pavement below. The escalator that the man fell off of was at the Coca-Cola Gate near the north-east side of Reliant Stadium.
After the fall, the unidentified man was rushed to Memorial Hermann Southwest.
Unfortunately, the unidentified man was reported to be dead on arrival to the hospital. Sources say that the man had been under the influence of alcohol prior to the fall.
Houston Police are investigating the incident as an “accidental death.”
KSDK reports that officials of Reliant Stadium have issued a statement on the tragic incident.
“There has been an accident involving a patron falling from an escalator at Reliant Stadium this evening,” the statement read. “The patron was transported to an area hospital. An investigation is ongoing.”
Eye witness, Randall Wisdom, a Texans fan in attendance when the accident happened, told TV station KHOU that he and his 18-year-old daughter were on the escalator below. Wisdom said he saw a hat and a cup fall, then the man.
“My daughter is devastated, she’s never experienced something like that,” Wisdom said. “We seen him when he landed.”
Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes has yet to comment on this tragic occurence at Reliant Stadium.