Small section of seating collapses at FedExForum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Small section of seating collapses at FedExForum

Three people were injured Saturday night before a game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies when a small section of the stands at FedExForum collapsed.

Arena officials said one man was taken away on a stretcher and two others were treated at the scene.

Grizzlies spokesman Dustin Krugel said during the game all three were taken to various Memphis hospitals as a precaution. Officials did not have the identities of any of the injured or specific hospitals, but all three were alert and conscious after the accident.

The incident happened about an hour before the 7:00 p.m. tip-off as some of the Grizzlies were leaving the floor after the pregame shootaround. Fans were standing at the rail of the section leaning over seeking autographs from the players. The section collapsed to the aisle where the players leave the court, sending a handful of people falling about 3-5 feet to the concrete floor.

Steve Zito, senior vice president of arena operations, said officials will study the accident and talk to witnesses about what happened. He said there have been no similar incidents this season at games or other events, and crews check the stands before the building opens.

"Life safety is our top priority," he said. "We won't ever compromise that."

Zito said there may have been too much weight on the stands.  The section was roped off and the season ticket holders who normally sit there were relocated.

Saturday night's Grizzlies game was the final of the season at FedExForum.


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