Stadium fall turns tragic

KEVIN ENGSTROM -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:28 AM ET

A football fan who fell about four metres from the north end zone stands at Canad Inns Stadium Friday night, crashing violently to the concrete below, has died.

CONDOLENCES

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released a statement last night extending their condolences to the family of the fan, who was injured while watching the home team battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats about 7 p.m. Friday. The name of the victim has not been released.

"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."

Bombers officials declined further comment, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Police also had little to say about the incident last night.

"We're conducting an investigation, so it's a little early right now to comment," said duty Insp. Bruce Foster, adding more information would likely be released by police today.

The fan had been taken to hospital in stable condition minutes after the incident occurred, but his condition obviously deteriorated.

A Bombers source told the Sun on Friday the victim was intoxicated at the time of the fall and had apparently suffered a broken collarbone. There was also word he may have suffered head trauma.

A witness told the Sun he saw the man stumbling before he fell. Patrick Matte 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 his side.

Another witness standing less than 20 feet from where the man landed said he heard a sickening thud.

It's not the first time tragedy has occurred at the stadium.

In April 2002, Michael Komenda, 14, died after falling through the stadium roof about five storeys and landing on the metal roof of the washrooms. He and some friends had broken into the stadium to skateboard.


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