The first 49ers game at new Levi’s Stadium took a tragic turn on Sunday, when a fan collapsed and died after suffering a heart issue in the stands, authorities said.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that paramedics were called to Section 221 during the third quarter of the game between the Broncos and 49ers after getting reports of a man who was having a cardiac emergency. A reporter from the Mercury News who was close to the area heard a whistle and saw even staff hurry to the section and then block off access to the section’s staircase.
Within minutes, paramedics had arrived and performed CPR on the middle-aged fan in a 49ers jersey. He was taken away on a stretcher and wasn’t conscious or moving. He was taken to O’Connor Hospital in San Jose where he was pronounced dead.
The man’s name still hasn’t been released.
"The 49ers organization is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our fans earlier today," the team said in a stament. "We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family and friends in this time of sadness."
The weather was warm on Sunday, with temperatures reaching 80 degrees. The 49ers said there were many calls for emergency services during the game, but it’s not known whether the heat had anything to do with the man’s death.
This is the third death on the new stadium site. Two workers died during construction of the facility.