A 24-year-old fan who fell down a staircase at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Saturday is alert and making “good progress” toward a full recovery, according to family members.
Dallas resident Charles Conner accidentally fell down the staircase leading down to the home-plate gates near the end of game, falling some 21 feet onto a concrete floor. He was immediately assisted by ballpark medics and taken to a local hospital, where he’s alert and showing signs of progress daily.
“In talking to the people who were with them, there’s nothing to lead us to believe it was nothing but an accident,” friend Mark Palmer told AP on behalf of the family. “That’s how we view it.”
Because of the death of Shannon Stone earlier this season, safety at Texas Rangers games — and most all other MLB ballparks, for that matter — has been a priority.
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