Fan at Texans game hospitalized

Updated: August 31, 2012, 12:20 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- A fan has been taken to a Houston hospital after falling from an escalator at Reliant Stadium.

A statement issued by officials of Reliant Park, where the stadium is situated, says the fan fell from the escalator Thursday night while attending a preseason game between the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings.

The statement said nothing about the fan's condition, other than he was taken to a Houston hospital.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said the incident happened at the north end of the stadium and that the fan's condition wasn't known.

In 2010, 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.

Shannon Stone fell about 20 feet onto concrete when he tumbled over the left-field railing after catching the ball and falling into an area out of sight from the field as the Rangers faced Oakland. Cooper Stone, his 9-year-old son, witnessed the fall during the second inning.

In April, a statue of Stone and his son was dedicated to Rangers fans in front of the home-plate gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Railings also were raised throughout the ballpark before this season.

In July 2009 at Rangers Ballpark, a fan fell 30 feet from the second deck while trying to catch a foul ball. That fan, Tyler Morris, suffered a fractured skull and sprained ankle.


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