In the wake of two fans falling over railings at Bobby Dodd Stadium in the past two weeks, Georgia Tech officials have discussed additional safety measures such as signage or other communications, school spokesman Wayne Hogan said in an e-mail. Various options are still under consideration.
The two falls, one Saturday and the first Sept. 22, were the first that Tech officials could recall at the stadium. The rails involved in the falls either meet or exceed building code, according to Hogan.
The Georgia Tech student who fell over a railing and onto the ground Saturday had been drinking prior to the accident, according to an incident report from the Georgia Tech Police Department.
The student told police that he had had a lot to drink and very little to eat. In the first half of the Tech-Middle Tennessee State game, the student fell about 15 feet from the northwest stands onto the ground, close by emergency medical service personnel at the game.
“He said that he remembered walking with friends to the game, then after that, he was lying on the ground,” the incident report read.
The student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where several tests and x-rays were taken before he was released with no apparent injury suffered.
The previous week, during the Tech-Miami game, a fan fell about 20 feet from a railing in the northeast stands onto a service concourse. That fan was also taken to Grady, receiving three stitches and a CT scan before being released. A witness later told police that the fan flipped over the railing after leaning against it as though he thought a wall was behind him.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog