Family of Atlanta Man Who Fell to Death at Braves Stadium Sues Team, MLB

April 25, 2016

The family of the fan who plunged to his death last year from an upper deck at Turner Field has filed a lawsuit against the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the family of 60-year-old Gregory Murrey filed the lawsuit April 19 in Fulton County State Court, accusing the defendants of disregarding fans’ safety by putting up a guard railing that is only 30 inches tall. The lawsuit says that height is 12 inches short of the industry standard.

Murrey, of Alpharetta, Ga., died after falling into a lower-level stand during an August game against the New York Yankees.

The Atlanta Braves declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Since 2008, three people have died after falls at Turner Field, including one death that was ruled a suicide.

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  • April 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    I don't live/work in GA, but my quick search found that GA uses IRC which says that, "IRC codes require a railing no less than 36" tall for any potential fall greater than 30"... read more
  • April 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    Jenifer says:
    Yes: the Braves are building their own stadium, so they will no longer have to rent from the City. One might also wonder what the "industry standard" was for safety rails at t... read more
  • April 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm
    Get your facts straight... says:
    Before we declare it illegal, what is the legal height? "Industry standard" may just mean that's the average or "normal" height. Does anyone know?
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