A fan took a debilitating fall during the Raiders-Broncos game in Oakland, on Thursday, December 6. He is currently hospitalized with serious injuries, reports say.
The victim has not been identified at this point. Witnessed have stated that he fell from the third deck, injuring himself badly. The incident occurred at the Alameda County Coliseum, during a game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders.
Silver and Black Pride, the Oakland Raiders fans community publication, has approximated the height of the third deck at 50 feet (15 meters).
Other supporters at the game noticed emergency responders come and take the man away. EMT's on the scene were asked if he was badly affected by the fall, and have described his wounds as life-threatening and in need of immediate assistance.
The incident happened approximately five minutes after the fourth quarter of the game had started. The Thursday night event continued, with the Raiders finishing at a 26-13 loss against the Broncos.
Police officers declared the fall an accident, although initial reports described that he had been pushed off the deck. We will keep you updated as the story unfolds.
No information about the man's current condition has been released at this point. Regional newspaper, the CSN Bay Area, informs that he was transported to a local hospital.
They relay a statement made after the game by the Oakland Raiders, who express their support for the victim of the fall and his family.
"While we do not yet have any information beyond that which has been publicly reported, our thoughts and prayers are with this gentleman and his family and friends," the Raiders spokesperson says.
Just last week, two other football-related incident grabbed headlines. Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, as well as a Eric Eucker, groundskeeper for the Cleveland Browns, took their own lives.