TORONTO (CFL) - The Canadian Football League (CFL) wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of a fan who passed away this morning following an accident during last night's game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
In confirming the incident, Commissioner Tom Wright stated, "This is a difficult and tragic day for all of us across the CFL. We all understand the importance and significance of the fans, who are our greatest supporters.?
WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Football Club would like to extend its heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family of the fan who passed away as the result of an accident which occurred during Friday night’s game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The football club has been cooperating fully with the authorities as they investigate this unfortunate accident and will continue to do so.
“The important thing right now is the individual’s family as they deal with their loss,? said Winnipeg Blue Bombers President and CEO Lyle Bauer. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.?
Contrary to an earlier published report, there have been no prior comments made by any Winnipeg Football Club officials with respect to this accident.
The Winnipeg Football Club will not be commenting further pending an investigation.
There are different reports on what happend but most people who said they saw the incident said he was so drunk that he could barely stand.. Then he stumbled down the stairs and tried to catch himself and ended up going over the rail...
This happened in the north endzone and next to the safeway fun zone where a lot of kids sit..
Very unfortunate incident..
Again all is speculation at this point on if he was drunk and how he fell.. that will come out in the coming days.
There was a scary moment at Canad Inns Stadium last night when a fan fell about four metres from the north end zone stands and onto the concrete surrounding the field.
Special duty officers and paramedics attended to the man at the scene and he was taken to hospital in stable condition shortly after 7 p.m.
Patrick Matte, who was taking in the game, said he saw the man stumbling before he fell. He said he saw the man at the top of the stairs in the north end zone when he tried to turn left to go down the stairs.
He suddenly lost his balance, stumbled to the right towards the railing, and flipped over the side.
"Just as I looked up he was stumbling to the right," said Matte. "When I looked up again I just heard a gasp and I saw his feet go over the rail."
The incident happened early in the second quarter of the game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
A Bomber source said last night the man, who was intoxicated, apparently suffered a broken collarbone. The source said the man was drifting in and out of consciousness.
Paramedics attended to the victim, who lay motionless on the cement in front of section K, while police interviewed witnesses.
"At this time we are gathering the information in respect to the incident and the condition of the fan," said Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer. "We hope and pray that all will be well, and we'll provide information as it becomes available."
Stadium staff were seen in the second and third quarters cleaning up a pool of blood. The game played on throughout the incident.
On a related note, I was very impressed that the the steps leading up to the East End Zone at Ivor Wynne were re-built this year with a noticible increase in the height of the handrails.....they were way too short in height previously and were a tragedy waiting to happen.....being pro-active like this is clearly the way to go as safety is always the first priority.....
i doubt there will be a lawsuit. This isnt the united states where people can sue because their coffee is too hot (its happened). The classy thing to do would be for the bombers organisation to give the family some sort of package to help them get over the lose. Poor guy, all he wanted to do was see a football game and now hes gone. Sad day to be a fan ladies and gents. Ill be careful at Ivor Wynne next time.
Heres a question for you though if he was intoxicated. Would you feel bad for him if he went home drunk after the game got in a car accident and killed another family? If you are drinking you have to drink responsibly and if u dont I think you are accepting any injuries that may happen. At least with what happened he is the only one suffering from his irrespoinsible actions and he did not kill another inncoent family on his drive home
You know, I was actually wondering about this as well. In some sporting venues that I have been to, I'm not sure if enough is done to prevent things like these from happening. Accidents can happen, and it certainly is tragic when it does happen, as we unfortunately found out. Perhaps we'll see more done to prevent this, similar to what the NHL did when a fan was killed after getting hit by a puck.
My condolences go out to all those who had known this individiual.