[10/22/21]: San Francisco’s Chase Center has reportedly passed a new building inspection prompted by a pair of incidents at Sunday’s Phish concert at the arena that left one man dead and two more injured.
Per KTVU, San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection visited the site Thursday morning. “Two of our inspectors conducted a site inspection today, and found the area under investigation to be fully code complaint and we consider the issue closed,” said DBI spokesman Patrick Hannan.
Chase Center released a statement reading in part, “The San Francisco Department of Building Inspection has completed its inspection of Chase Center and, as expected, has confirmed that the building is code-compliant and safe for occupancy… Chase Center is safe and has been since the day it opened.”
[10/20/21]: San Francisco’s Chase Center will face a new building inspection after two separate falling incidents at Sunday’s Phish concert resulted in the death of one concertgoer and the injuries of two others. San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection will revisit the 18,604-person capacity arena that serves as home to the NBA‘s Golden State Warriors just two years after it opened.
Since Sunday’s fatality occurred, the San Francisco Police Department has confirmed that the death of 47-year-old Ryan Prosser of Athens, NY was the result of a deliberate jump over the plexiglass barrier.
“The investigation has evidence to believe the victim leapt from an elevated area of the arena causing him to fall a significant distance, which caused his injuries,” Public Information Officer Robert Rueca said. Rueca added that no foul play is suspected, as “Immediately before the victim leapt, he did not appear to have any physical contact with any person or barrier/railing.”
The SFPD has not stated whether this deliberate action was the result of intoxication or done out of suicidal intent.
During that same show, in an unrelated incident, Keith Thompson fell from an upper level, falling onto Oakland resident Evan Reeves. Thompson was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is expected to survive his injuries, whereas Reeves was able to watch the rest of the show in a wheelchair before being taken to the hospital for treatment on his broken leg.
Following a complaint from a concertgoer, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection is obligated to send an inspector from the city’s code enforcement division. The Golden State Warriors are due to host their first home game on Thursday, followed by a pair of weekend shows by The Eagles.
Phish frontman Trey Anastasio addressed the falling incidents at the band’s following concert in Eugene, OR on Tuesday. Midway through the band’s first set, Trey took a moment in between songs to discuss the events of Sunday’s show.
“First of all, I just want to name a couple of names here,” he said. “One of the gentlemen who went through the… that had this happen… is a guy named Keith Thompson, and just to show you how tightly-knit our community is, his wife, Carrie, is the event manager for the Sacramento Phish concert that we did. This is how close we all are. So our event manager from the Sacramento concert’s husband, Keith, is in the hospital right now and he had an accidental… it was just… he fell… and we want to send our love to him, and to Carrie.”
“And then,” he continued, “I’m gonna also send love to Evan Reeves, who was also involved in the accident, and was able to come back last night and sit over there afterwards, so go Evan! We love you!”
“I also want to say a few words for Ryan Prosser, the gentleman who passed away, and the Prosser friends and family,” Trey said. “I also want to say very quickly some words to all the people who… I know this affected everybody… and some of the people who were nearby this event, I know, had a lot of feelings… and they experienced this thing. So I’m sending out my love—we all are, I’m speaking for the band—sending our love to everybody in the whole community.”
“So, you know,” he added, “any time you have a series of events with large groups of people, things are gonna happen, but I don’t know if I can express how much we feel a part of this group of people who are here tonight and every night. And the people who can’t be here, watching on TV. We very much know and feel that we’re just four more people in this group who happen to be up here and you guys are standing there, but when something like this happens, it hurts us very deeply, and we want to send our love. Please be safe, and everybody have a great time.”
This is a developing story…