Man Dies after falling off over the Railing at Wrigley Field
According to Scott Gleeson of USA Today, Richard E. Garrity fell onto his head and was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night before being pronounced dead Wednesday.
The Cubs released a statement following Garrity’s death: “The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization are with his family during this difficult time.”
Falling over the railing is by far my worst nightmare at any sporting event. At the top of any stadium, there isn’t anything stopping you from falling over. With the new upgrades in the bleachers at Wrigley, there is nothing stopping you from falling over either. There is just a normal hand rail say 4′ high maybe and then the ground. It’s a tragic story that you can’t believe doesn’t happen more actually. It’s a long way down from the top of any stadium and with beer most definitely involved most of the time it’s always a ticking time bomb.
My worst fear was once at the Big House Michigan’s stadium. When you sit in the top row there it’s still a fantastic seat to watch the game but there is a 4′ wall behind you and then impending doom. I don’t know what the fix is but someone should have figured this out a long time ago.
When you google fans falling from stands, there is not one instance that I could find where the guy didn’t get series hurt or die. I think the most famous one I can remember is that fan who was trying to catch a football.