Bonked at Home Opener,|NFL Fan Says


     HOUSTON (CN) – A NASA engineer claims in court he was seriously injured when a sign panel fell on his head during the Houston Texans’ home opener on Sunday.
     Texans season ticketholder Scott Woodard sued Reliant Stadium’s owner, the Harris County Convention & Sports Corporation, its manager SMG, and Houston NFL Holdings LP dba The Houston Texans, in Harris County Court.
     Woodard says he was injured during the Texans’ home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
     “While plaintiff was sitting in his seat during the football game, he was suddenly and violently struck on the head by a large panel that had fallen from an LED sign located high above plaintiff’s seat. As a result, plaintiff suffered serious and disabling injuries,” the complaint states.
     Woodard, a NASA engineer, seeks damages for negligence and a restraining order to stop the defendants from changing or destroying any evidence.
     The young season has been perilous for fans at Reliant Stadium. A 25-year-old man fell three stories to his death on Aug. 30, allegedly while trying to slide down an escalator during the Texans’ last preseason game.

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