SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Safety at Golden 1 Center is under scrutiny after two incidents of people falling onto others in the arena’s upper bowl.
Megan Surritt and her mom Pattye Downing bought their tickets for section 217 back on Mother’s Day.
Wednesday, they were sitting in Golden 1 Center’s upper bowl watching Paul McCartney when they got a big surprise.
“All of a sudden, a large woman was over my back, my neck, my head and over my feet,” Downing said.
“I just saw the look of panic on her face, like she thought she was going to continue to fall,” Surritt said.
It was at least the second fall in the new Golden 1 Center’s upper bowl in the two days the arena’s been open.
On Tuesday, another person fell on top of Turlock resident Todd Harter and his 86-year-old mom.
“There’s nothing really to catch yourself as your scoot across, just the next person,” Harter said.
The upper bowl’s steepness has dominated Golden 1 Center’s Facebook page in the past day.
One comment read: “I was there Wednesday night and I’m not surprised someone fell in the upper deck. It’s very steep.”
And another: “If you have an issue with heights beware and do not wear heels.”
Golden 1 Center issued a statement to those Facebook reviews, reading: “We value your feedback and have shared it with the appropriate department.”
For Surritt and her mom, they say are sharing their experience hoping the Kings will make some type of change.
“But heaven forbid, a large gentleman falls on a child. That is our main point of bringing awareness to what is happening,” Surritt said.
Besides the Facebook statement, the Kings organization declined to comment on the two specific injury incidents in the upper bowl.
The Kings’ first preseason game in the Golden 1 Center is Monday.