Officials: Lenoir City man seen drinking before fall in Georgia Dome

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The Lenoir City man who died after falling from an upper deck in the Georgia Dome Friday night had been seen drinking before the game, according to officials.

Isaac Grubb was pronounced dead just before midnight. During the University of Tennessee season-opener against North Carolina State, the 20-year-old fell from an upper deck onto a fan on the mezzanine level below.

Grubb landed on another fan on the mezzanine level. That fan was identified as a 34-year-old man from Fort Mill, S.C. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the agency leading the investigation into the fall, was not releasing the man's name.

Grubb was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before midnight.

At a Saturday afternoon press conference, officials said their initial investigation had revealed that Grubb began drinking around 5 p.m. outside of the Georgia Dome but did not purchase any alcohol while inside the facility.

An autopsy was scheduled, and toxicology tests are still being done.

Meanwhile, as some fans have raised questions about the 33-inch railings, officials say they meet code and have no plans to change them unless the investigation later reveals a problem.

Previous story:

A Lenoir City man died from injuries he suffered Friday night after falling from the upper level of the Georgia Dome during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

An investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the victim is Isaac Grubb, 20, of Lenoir City.

Reports indicate Grubb fell 45 feet and landed on another person seated in the Mezzanine area just after 8:30 p.m. during the game between the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State.

Grubb landed on another fan on the mezzanine level. That fan was identified as a 34-year-old man from Fort Mill, S.C. He was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the agency leading the investigation into the fall, was not releasing the man's name.

Grubb was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before midnight.

An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday.

CNN affiliate WSB-TV interviewed several witnesses.

"We were celebrating our first touchdown and we saw him kind of -- he was kind of celebrating over the side and he fell over into the student section on the bottom," one fan told the station.

Another remembers, "Everyone's reactions were just like really freaked out right after it happened and everyone tried to like run to the sides but security was pushing everyone back, clearing the area out so people couldn't like look over."

"It's not something you would ever imagine happening at a football game, 'cause everybody's really excited and really happy."

PREVIOUS STORY:

A fan fell 35 feet, striking another fan in the Georgia Dome during the Tennessee and N.C. State game Friday night.

According to a news release from the Georgia Dome, the 20-year-old man fell from the upper level seating area into the Mezzanine area just after 8:30 pm.

Both fans were taken to area hospitals.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority Police Department is investigating, according to the release.

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