Man falls from upper deck at Scotiabank Place during Senators-Thrashers game

OTTAWA – A 21-year-old man was taken to an Ottawa hospital Wednesday night after falling from the third level at Scotiabank Place during the Senators’ 5-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

The man was walking to his seat carrying some beers when he tripped over a woman’s purse, fell over four people and went over the railing to the level below onto other fans.

“He was not inebriated,” Senators president and CEO Roy Mlakar said in a statement following the game.

“He was treated for lacerations … obviously somewhat stunned, Dr. (Don) Chow did treat him and he (was transferred) to Queensway Carleton (Hospital), but he was totally cognizant and recognizing that there was nothing serious.”

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Two other people were treated at the scene while a third person was also taken to the hospital with lacerations and a neck injury, though Mlakar said that, too, was done as a precautionary measure.

“A woman, approximately 33 years old, has neck injuries but to what extent we do not know. She was treated and also went to Queensway Carleton but did not appear to be serious at all,” Mlakar said.

The drop straight down from the third level to the ground below is approximately 15 feet.

This is the first such incident in the 13-year history of Scotiabank Place, formerly the Corel Centre and the Palladium.