One on One: Baseball Fan Hollye Minter Recalls Fall from Stands
Ever wonder what it would be like to fall out of an upper deck? Hollye Minter would tell you, if only she could remember. Everything between losing contact with a 30-inch-tall railing on the Home Run Porch at The Ballpark in Arlington and landing on the Care Flight helipad at Parkland Hospital in Dallas is a blank. That was April 1, 1994, opening day of the Texas Rangers' new stadium, and Minter — who, on her 26th birthday, suffered a fractured vertebrae, two broken ribs, a broken shoulder and six broken teeth — was reminded of at least some aspects of her ordeal last month, when a man fell 30 feet out of the first row of the Ballpark's club level. Paul Steinbach spoke to Minter on July 7, the day after Tyler Morris became the second member of an unenviable Rangers fan club.
Q: How did you react upon hearing that another fall had occurred at the Ballpark?
Q: Can you relive the moments leading up to your own fall?
Q: You said in 1994, "I don't care if the railings obstruct my view, as long as nobody else falls." Do you still stand by that statement?
Q: What do you think about a code-required 42-inch rail around the upper decks of all stadiums, as one sports architect has suggested to AB?
Q: Have you found a silver lining in your situation?
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