The Cubs, who didn’t identify the man, said in a statement the fan “was injured after attempting to jump onto the field.”
The incident happened around 7 p.m., about the scheduled start time, but the tarp was on the field because of earlier heavy rain. The game later began after a delay of 1 hour, 35 minutes.
The man, dressed in shorts and sneakers, was face down just in front of the ivy in right-center field when officials started running from the dugouts to assist him. They immediately checked his pulse while a medic ran in from right field.
This guy just jumped the outfield wall and hasn't moved for over 10 minutes!😬⚾️⚾️ #wrigley #savage #cubsgame pic.twitter.com/oAbSyAyJyV— Brandon (@Brandon13_22) July 8, 2016
It took three people to turn the man over onto his back. They then pulled up his shirt and put on a brace to stabilize his neck before strapping him onto a backboard and loading him into a cart. Witnesses said he appeared to be awake as they carted him from the field.
The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Cubs release statement after fan injured in apparent jump from Wrigley Field bleachers: https://t.co/gci97Y6XL4 pic.twitter.com/iiHHlA40aE— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) July 8, 2016
“We will remain in contact with the fan’s family to stay updated on his progress,” the team said.