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Tragedy struck Soldier Field during a recent Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles game when a 23-year-old spectator fell to his eventual death. Stuart Haverty fell almost 35 feet from the colonnade level of the stadium and was pronounced dead at the hospital hours later.
The open-air concourse has a railing about 3 feet high and, beyond that, a ledge about 2 feet wide.
Stadium spokeswoman Luca Serra told
Whether or not it is a good idea for the stadium to maintain the safety status quo has questionable legal backing should another tragedy occur, now that the potential for a deadly accident has come true.
The legal premise is simple: Soldier Field is now on notice of the danger. If it fails to fix the problem, or at least engage in measures that would increase safety, the stadium could find itself in some shaky negligence territory. Haverty's death marks the second fatal fall at a sports stadium in the past month.