Family members of the man stabbed outside the Georgia Dome on Sunday night following the 49ers’ victory over the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game said he underwent surgery Sunday evening.
Long faces as Falcons fans leave the Georgia Dome
As Falcons fans headed out the Georgia Dome early Sunday evening, many of them had long faces.
The San Francisco 49ers won the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons 28-24.
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The fight happened outside Gate D in the Silver Parking Lot. A CBS Atlanta News crew was at that location when the scuffle broke out. A reporter and photographer described the scene as chaotic and saw a woman holding a man steady while he sat on a cooler.
Witnesses said the Atlanta Falcons fan had been stabbed in the neck by a San Francisco fan after the two got into a shouting match.
Paramedics took the victim by ambulance to Grady. He is listed in stable condition, according to Georgia Dome’s public relations office. It states the victim is a 35-year-old man. His name has not been released.
It is unclear if anyone involved in the fight had been inside the dome during the game, according to officials. Hundreds of fans watched the game on television screens in various parking lots.
Georgia World Congress Center Authority Police Department is investigating the incident along with the Atlanta Police Department.
Neither agency would confirm how the victim received his wound or what sparked the fight.
Fans hope fans show more sportsmanship in the future.
“I would like to see fans just having a good time, just laughing, barbecuing, tailgating, family time, just having a good time without violence. It shouldn’t happen,” Paris Collins said.