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Houston Texans Fan Dies After Falling Off 3-Story Escalator

By Andrew Lu on August 31, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A 45-year-old Houston Texans fan died after he fell from a three-story escalator at Reliant Stadium in the Texans' final tuneup before the NFL regular season.

The unidentified fan allegedly fell to his death while "horse-playing" on the escalator. Police say that the man was trying to slide down the outside of the handrail on the escalator when he fell three stories, landing on the pavement, reports CBS.

Not surprisingly, it's suspected that alcohol may have played a role in the incident, reports the CBS.

The Houston Texans fan was reportedly dead on arrival when he got to the emergency room. His death highlights that attending live events like games and concerts can be dangerous as large crowds, plenty of beer, and three-story high escalators do not always mix well.

Nevertheless, the Texans fan's death, while tragic, will certainly not be the last fan tragedy. Just last year, a firefighter in Texas died when he fell 20 feet after trying to catch a ball that Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton threw into the stands. That incident is famously remembered because the firefighter's nine-year-old son witnessed the whole thing, reports CBS.

With the inevitable fan injury, one may be asking whether the teams or stadiums bear some responsibility for the deaths.

Under the theory of premises liability, teams and stadiums may be responsible for providing a safe fan experience for attendees. And many teams abide by certain reasonable safety measures like cutting off beer during the fourth quarter, providing crowd control, and security personnel.

However, teams and stadiums are also not meant to act as insurance policies protecting against any and all injuries. If fans get drunk and do dumb things, the team would likely not be liable for resulting injuries.

The Houston Texans fan death is being reported as drunken horseplay gone wrong. If this is the case, it probably would not be fair to blame the Texans for the death.

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