EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – An escalator malfunction injured seven people at Giants Stadium on Saturday night, shortly after the New England Patriots beat the New York Giants 38-35 for a perfect 16-0 regular season.
The escalator at Gate A apparently failed at the bottom steps, state police Lt. Jim Crann said. The escalator runs from the stadium's upper tier to the ground level, and Crann said it appeared that some bottom steps became bent, causing some fans to sustain foot and leg injuries.
James Minish, executive vice president of facilities for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, which operates the stadium, said one of the injured fans appeared to have a fractured leg, while others had scrapes and bruises.
Two fans apparently suffered more serious leg injuries, Minish said, but he did not have further details.
The injured were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where they were still being treated Sunday. A hospital spokeswoman declined to provide details about their conditions.
"The elevator apparently started running fast" Minish said, adding that all of the stadium's escalators were turned off after the incident.
Only the upper-tier escalators at Gate A would not be in operation for Sunday's game there between the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, Minish said.
Minish said the escalators were scheduled to be inspected Monday by state inspectors under the auspices of the Department of Community Affairs.