Three spectators were injured at the Indianapolis Colts game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night when a large bolt fell from the retractable roof during halftime, the Associated Press reports.
The injuries were all considered “non-life threatening,” stadium officials said in a statement. After examination by medics, one man was treated and released at the stadium. A man and a woman were taken to a hospital for additional evaluation.
Barney Levengood, executive director of the Capital Improvement Board of Managers, issued the following statement:
“With approximately two minutes remaining at half time at the Indianapolis Colts vs.Cincinnati Bengals game this evening at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, there was an occurrence with the movement of the retractable roof. The roof was in process of being opened for the second half of the preseason game. A bolt from the fixed structure sheared and dropped into seating section 248 [located in the northwest corner of the lower seating bowl]. The movement of the roof was stopped immediately and stadium authorities were notified.”
The Colts passed a new rule this off-season permitting teams to open retractable roofs at halftime during the 2015 season.
Two fans were also injured at the Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium in September 2013 when a railing collapsed, causing two men who were leaning on it to fall into a tunnel. Neither was seriously injured.
- Erin Flynn