Fan dies af­ter fall in sta­dium

Michael Kahler, 30, was a cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer and avid fan

Baltimore Sun - - NFL - By Lil­lian Reed

Ravens of­fi­cials shared more de­tails Mon­day about an in­ci­dent in which a man died af­ter fall­ing in the up­per deck of M&T Bank Sta­dium dur­ing the Ravens-Ten­nessee Ti­tans play­off game Satur­day night.

Ravens fan Michael Kahler stum­bled on the steps lead­ing to his seat, Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said in an email.

Ravens of­fi­cials had pre­vi­ously re­ported the fan had col­lapsed while walk­ing on the steps of the up­per deck. Med­i­cal per­son­nel ar­rived but were un­able to re­sus­ci­tate Kahler. Steele would not an­swer fur­ther ques­tions about the in­ci­dent or the in­juries Kahler suf­fered.

Kahler, 30, an avid Ravens fan and a man­ager at Gi­ant Foods, had be­come a cer­ti­fied per­sonal trainer last year and was pas­sion­ate about health and fit­ness, ac­cord­ing to an on­line obit­u­ary.

“Above ev­ery­thing else Michael loved his fam­ily,” the obit­u­ary said. “He will be deeply missed by many.”

Mem­bers of Kahler’s fam­ily de­clined to com­ment Mon­day.

“Our prayers and sym­pa­thies go out to Michael Kahler’s fam­ily and friends,” Steele said in the email.

Se­cu­rity footage re­port­edly showed that S.A.F.E. Man­age­ment, the com­pany that pro­vides the sta­dium’s ush­ers and se­cu­rity, re­ported the in­ci­dent less than two min­utes af­ter the stum­ble, Steele said. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of S.A.F.E. Man­age­ment di­rected ques­tions Mon­day about the in­ci­dent to Ravens of­fi­cials.

Within three min­utes from the stum­ble, two EMTs ar­rived at the scene and be­gan as­sess­ment and treat­ment, Steele said. Within eight min­utes, an emer­gency doc­tor ar­rived. And within 14 min­utes, Kahler re­ceived ad­di­tional emer­gency treat­ment in a nearby first aid room, Steele said.

About15 min­utes later, Kahler was taken in an am­bu­lance to Mary­land Shock Trauma, Steele said.

The Mary­land Sta­dium Author­ity, which owns M&T Bank Sta­dium and leases it to the Ravens, de­ferred com­ment to team of­fi­cials.

Bal­ti­more Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Michael Har­ri­son said Sun­day that the in­ci­dent was re­ported as an ac­ci­den­tal fall so po­lice did not have any in­for­ma­tion about it.

A study con­ducted by Univer­sity of Alabama at Birm­ing­ham re­searchers in 2018 found there had been 62 fatal spec­ta­tor in­juries at sport­ing events across the globe from 2000 through 2018. More than half the deaths, 38, came from in­ci­dents at ve­hi­cle rac­ing events while none were doc­u­mented at foot­ball games.

The re­search team also called for a more com­pre­hen­sive data­base out­lin­ing spec­ta­tor in­juries at sport­ing events, writ­ing that Ma­jor League Base­ball and Na­tional Hockey League installed net­ting to pro­tect spec­ta­tors from foul balls and fly­ing pucks.

“We need to cat­e­go­rize th­ese in­juries and use that data to find tan­gi­ble ways to pro­tect fans with­out sig­nif­i­cant com­pro­mise to the view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Spec­ta­tor in­juries, be they life-end­ing or life-chang­ing, have no place in sport,” wrote Amit Mo­maya, a sports medicine or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon in­volved with the study.

A view­ing for Kahler will be held Fri­day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Am­brose Funeral Home, 1328 Sul­phur Spring Road in Halethorpe, ac­cord­ing to the funeral home. A funeral ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Satur­day. The burial will be pri­vate.

Ravens an­nounce 9 re­serve/fu­tures con­tract sign­ings

The Ravens signed nine play­ers to a re­serve/fu­tures con­tract, the team an­nounced Mon­day, start­ing the process of fill­ing their 90-man ros­ter af­ter Satur­day night’s sea­son-end­ing loss to the Ten­nessee Ti­tans.

The team signed linebacker Aaron Adeoye, de­fen­sive back Ter­rell Bonds, guard Will Holden, de­fen­sive ends Ufomba Ka­malu and Michael On­uoha, wide re­ceivers Sean Mod­ster and An­toine Wes­ley, of­fen­sive tackle R.J. Prince and tight end Charles Scarff.

All nine play­ers ended the sea­son on the team’s prac­tice squad. Run­ning backs Paul Perkins and By­ron Mar­shall, who also ended the sea­son on the team’s prac­tice squad, have not yet been signed to a re­serve/fu­tures con­tract, as well as of­fen­sive tackle Mar­cus Ap­ple­field and de­fen­sive back Den­zel Rice, who were on the prac­tice squad/in­jured list.

Play­ers signed to a re­serve/fu­tures con­tract will not have their con­tract go into ef­fect un­til the start of the 2020 league year at 4 p.m. March 18.

ULYSSES MUÑOZ / BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Mem­bers of the Ti­tans trickle onto the field dur­ing pregame warmups be­fore a play­off game against the Ravens on Satur­day.

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