Baseball Fan Falls to Death at Turner Field
About the Turner Field Accident
Reuters reports, Gregory Murrey, a 60-year-old man from of Alpharetta, Georgia, tumbled out of the stands during the seventh inning of Saturday’s game as a New York Yankees player walked to home plate.
Murrey tumbled head over feet before hitting the concrete walkway in front of a row of fans. He fell headfirst about 40 feet (12 meters), and hit the lines attached to the backstop as he fell.
Atlanta police are still trying to determine why Murrey fell, but said they do not suspect foul play. Murrey’s death remains under investigation while a toxicology report is completed, said Mark Ruffin, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office.
Murrey was a Braves season ticket holder for 23 years. The Braves observed a moment of silence for Murrey.
Safety at Baseball Events
- Over the past few years, several people have died from falls at sporting arenas nationwide.
- Murrey was the third fan to fall to his death at the Braves stadium, Turner Field, since 2008.
- In 2013, a man committed suicide as he jumped 85 feet from an upper level at Turner Field.
- In 2011, a 39-year-old man fell to his death while trying to catch a ball at a Texas Rangers game.
- In 2011, another man trying to slide down a railing at a Colorado Rockies game fell and died.
- Major League Baseball is reviewing design concepts and is considering adding more protective netting to its ball parks.