Lenoir City man dies after fall from upper level of Ga. Dome

Tennessee fans head into the Georgia World Congress Center for pre game festivities Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 in Atlanta prior to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee fans head into the Georgia World Congress Center for pre game festivities Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 in Atlanta prior to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2001 file photo shows an aerial view of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  Authorities say a 20-year-old man who plunged about 35 feet from the Georgia Dome's upper level and struck another fan during the Tennessee-North Carolina State college football game has died. The man fell on another football fan seated in the mezzanine area Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which operates the downtown football stadium, said in a statement.  (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rich Addicks)

FILE - This Feb. 28, 2001 file photo shows an aerial view of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Authorities say a 20-year-old man who plunged about 35 feet from the Georgia Dome's upper level and struck another fan during the Tennessee-North Carolina State college football game has died. The man fell on another football fan seated in the mezzanine area Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which operates the downtown football stadium, said in a statement. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rich Addicks)

ATLANTA (AP) — A 20-year-old man from Tennessee who plunged about 35 feet from the upper level of the Georgia Dome and struck another fan during the Tennessee-North Carolina State game has died, authorities said Saturday.

The man fell on another fan seated in the mezzanine area during the game Friday evening, The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which operates the downtown football stadium, said in a statement.

Investigator Leon Harrison at the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office told The Associated Press early Saturday that Isaac Grubb of Lenoir City, Tenn., was pronounced dead Friday night, minutes before midnight, at an Atlanta hospital.

He said the man had fallen about 35 feet and appeared to have suffered injuries from blunt force trauma.

"He passed away at the hospital," Harrison told AP by telephone, adding an autopsy was planned Saturday morning.

Harrison said the other fan was a man who was subsequently treated at another Atlanta hospital and released. He had no further details on the man's identity or his condition.

Jennifer LeMaster, a spokeswoman for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, told AP before the death was confirmed by Harrison that she had no information beyond the authority's initial statement. She said, however, the authority was expected to release more information Saturday afternoon.

The authority had said the fall occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday night during the game in which Tennessee beat North Carolina 35-21in the season opener for both teams.

The fall occurred a day after a 25-year-old fan tumbled about 60 feet from a fifth-floor escalator at Reliant Stadium in Houston during a preseason Houston Texans game. Jonathon Kelly died from the fall during the Thursday night game against the Minnesota Vikings, and frantic witnesses called police to report where his body had landed, police spokesman John Cannon said. Police said the fall appeared to be an accident.

Last year, a firefighter attending a Texas Rangers game in Arlington died when he fell from the left field stands while reaching for a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton. The man's 9-year-old son witnessed the fall. A statue was later dedicated at Rangers Ballpark to the man and his son, and railings were raised throughout the park before this season.

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Comments » 37

GatorHater1998 writes:

hope he comes out OK, its crazy how a night could take a turn for the worse in such a hurry for somebody...

pingkr62 writes:

Hope everyone is o.k.

RaineyVol writes:

I'll be praying

skyhawk836 writes:

Dang

UTKin1992 writes:

Jeez Louise! Why are people falling in stadiums all of a sudden!?!

ktemaque1 writes:

Prayers for those injured and for those worried for them.

grout writes:

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Colliervol writes:

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LibertyVolance writes:

I guess it's better he had someone to land on providing they both live. Who knows what caused this accident, but everyone needs to learn that sports venues can be dangerous if you aren't watching your step and making a conscious effort to be safe. Walking up and own stairs while watching so many things around you, getting too close to a railing, or not being totally lucid are all hazards. Be careful out there all the time.

lstbodeanvol writes:

PRAYING FOR BOTH AND THEIR FAMILIES

mheld0422 writes:

the young man pass away couple hours ago

hllywd641 writes:

in response to grout:

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Someone just died. A family is in mourning right now. Do you really think that joke is appropriate? You make me sick.

Tenn64 writes:

Our prayers are with his family.

Couchdummy writes:

in response to grout:

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You are a sick person. You should never be allowed to post on this site again.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Sad!

Huttdawg100 writes:

Thoughts and prayers to his loved ones. This is very sad.

voloffaith writes:

Curious if alcohol level was too high in the one that fell....sad either way....victory dims to a flicker in the reality that some mother and father lost a son last night....

Supersayin1 writes:

My Prayers go out to that fan and their Family!!

saintjosephpatick writes:

OH MY GOD. This is so sad, God bless this man and his family.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Tragic news and certainly uncalled for, the balcony first row at the G-Dome has very little protection as far as railing..God bless Mr. Grubb and prayers to his family.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Wow, this is so sad. Prayers for all involved.

Navaloranges writes:

Tragic. I hope they make the railing safer going forward so this doesn't happen to anybody else.

tenndave writes:

I have always wondered why stadiums don't put those nets out about 3 feet on those front rows, kind of like how they have them at Wrigly field, crusise ships etc to keep people who do fall over from actually faling over. Sad event to destroy a life over a game. A good friend of mine fell off a rail at the old Cincinnati Baseball stadium. Life snuffed out at age 19.
Prayers are with the family.

raqvol writes:

VERY SAD! NO CUTE COMMENTS, JUST CONDOLENCES

clvolfan writes:

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DonK37920 writes:

The guys at volnation.com have set up a donation site. Hopefully this doesn't offend anyone. I thought it was a nice gesture.

http://www.volnation.com/forum/tennes...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

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No, he's a lowly Memphis tagger fan..Just leave him be, he's got enough misery in his life.

foosballer writes:

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re-read his post...he didn't say both were a tragedy. I think he was putting it in perspective.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

Tragic. I hope they make the railing safer going forward so this doesn't happen to anybody else.

It's a shame that sometimes people have to die to draw attention to and/or correct a situation. Best wishes and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Millisa writes:

Prayers are with the family and all others involved.

Olddogsrule writes:

Yes prayers and condolences to family and loved ones. ... But I have to observe: A person dies, tragically, and KNS leaves crude posts, and photos of the game up in an article that should stand alone in factual reporting and condolences to a greiving family. How unbelievably crass. Knoxville New Senteniel staff should be ashamed.

Rookie2 writes:

Very sorry to hear this. Condolences to the family.

rvtnvols writes:

Prayers to the families on the tragic news.

TNVol71 writes:

Prayers to the family and friends of the individual who fell and the other fan that was injured. Too bad.

ICECOLDVOL writes:

My prayers go out to his family

sparkyofgenius23 writes:

I'm putting this comment on this article bc the comment section on the updated articles are disabled.
I was on the mezzanine level 211 about 3 rows behind where he fell and let me just set the record straight: This director of Georgia Dome Relations or whoever he is spoke to several of us there (most of us off-duty med staff around) about what we saw and what took place. My boyfriend and I went to get an Event EMS person after the event staffer manning our section went MIA. Several of the other fans tried cleaning up the blood with paper towels bc there were no first aid kits around (many sporting arenas have FAKs available for 1st responders to use) nor where there any AEDs (which are a must in an public building nowadays for 1st responders) so we could initiate CPR bc he wasn't breathing. While the EMS guy was calling someone on his radio, instead of helping the patient, an off-duty doc assessed him and saw that he was breathing. EMS guy finally came over after a couple mins, saw that the guy was breathing, and brought his backpack from around his back,pulled out a clipboard and a small 2x2 gauze patch, and just stared down at the bleeding kid. After one of the off-duty nurses sitting beside us (who was pregnant) asked him for more provisions than that to clean up the gratuitous amount of blood & to stop the bleeding,one of the event staffers that was manning 210 section handed one of the other fans helping out a shirt to lap up the blood. All of this occurred over a span of approximately 10-15 minutes before a couple other EMS people showed up with backboards,neck braces, and three cops. I say all that to say that the director of the dome relations or whoever he is was not only rude to the people who actually helped the guy but completely misinformed as to the events that took place. Yes, it was reported that he was drinking prior and that may or may not have contributed to his fall. My point is that the event staff and medical personnel were ill-equipped, slow-to-respond, and seemingly unconcerned with what was going on. They should've done more to help him...and they didn't.I pray for his family and friends in their most grievous time of need, and thank all of the fans, both Tennessee and NC State,that assisted him as best they could and without hesitation.

DBIndian85 writes:

in response to sparkyofgenius23:

I'm putting this comment on this article bc the comment section on the updated articles are disabled.
I was on the mezzanine level 211 about 3 rows behind where he fell and let me just set the record straight: This director of Georgia Dome Relations or whoever he is spoke to several of us there (most of us off-duty med staff around) about what we saw and what took place. My boyfriend and I went to get an Event EMS person after the event staffer manning our section went MIA. Several of the other fans tried cleaning up the blood with paper towels bc there were no first aid kits around (many sporting arenas have FAKs available for 1st responders to use) nor where there any AEDs (which are a must in an public building nowadays for 1st responders) so we could initiate CPR bc he wasn't breathing. While the EMS guy was calling someone on his radio, instead of helping the patient, an off-duty doc assessed him and saw that he was breathing. EMS guy finally came over after a couple mins, saw that the guy was breathing, and brought his backpack from around his back,pulled out a clipboard and a small 2x2 gauze patch, and just stared down at the bleeding kid. After one of the off-duty nurses sitting beside us (who was pregnant) asked him for more provisions than that to clean up the gratuitous amount of blood & to stop the bleeding,one of the event staffers that was manning 210 section handed one of the other fans helping out a shirt to lap up the blood. All of this occurred over a span of approximately 10-15 minutes before a couple other EMS people showed up with backboards,neck braces, and three cops. I say all that to say that the director of the dome relations or whoever he is was not only rude to the people who actually helped the guy but completely misinformed as to the events that took place. Yes, it was reported that he was drinking prior and that may or may not have contributed to his fall. My point is that the event staff and medical personnel were ill-equipped, slow-to-respond, and seemingly unconcerned with what was going on. They should've done more to help him...and they didn't.I pray for his family and friends in their most grievous time of need, and thank all of the fans, both Tennessee and NC State,that assisted him as best they could and without hesitation.

Very sad and disturbing to read. No excuse for lack of preparation and empathy for a person in need.

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