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Mayor Pro-Tem: City may be asked to pay for stadium upgrade after fan falls

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Some Charlotte City councilmen are weighing in on the fall that happened at Bank of America stadium that injured a football fan.

Some wonder if the accident will convince leaders to help pay for improvements at the stadium. City leaders say they want all the facts first before deciding how to proceed.

Police in Charlotte say a fan was critically injured on Saturday night after falling from the upper deck of the Bank of America Stadium during the ACC Championship game.

Sean Michael Powers, 22, from New Port Richey, Florida is in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

Officers were called to the stadium around 8:02 p.m. on Saturday. Investigators say Powers fell 40 to 50 feet from a ramp onto the lawn outside.

They say Powers had just arrived at the stadium and was looking for his seat when the accident happened.

Councilman Michael Barnes believes since something like this hasn't happened in the history of the stadium, it doesn't prove the case the city needs to help pay.

Others politicians believe this could be a wake up call for stadium owners.

"It propels the ownership to what they have in the wake of public safety features," Mayor Pro-Tem Patrick Cannon said. "But beyond that - it suggests to attendees that they be mindful of the action they are taking so they don't put themselves in harm's way."

No word when an ask for money will come, but Cannon believes an ask will happen.

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