SU fan injured following Clemson win at the Carrier Dome


Lifelong Syracuse Orange fan Justin Heath watched Syracuse University defeat the defending National champion Clemson Tigers from his seat in section 302. After the game, he wanted to celebrate with hundreds of others on the field.

"You could feel it building. You could see the players just buying in. You knew at some point that the emotions of the day were going to take over at some point," Heath said.

When he tried to get over the railing and land on the turf, he was injured.

He broke both of his legs and shattered his right ankle.

He was transported to Crouse Hospital where he had two surgeries and is still recovering.

"Lots of pain," Heath said from his hospital bed Tuesday.

Despite the pain, Heath has spent some of his down time reminiscing about the big win.

"It's weird. The pain was kind of like secondary. It was exciting to just be part of it," he said.

His fellow fans are doing what they can to help offset medical costs for Heath and his family by setting up and online fundraiser.

Heath says it'll take between three to six months before he'll be able to walk again, but his timetable to return to the Carrier Dome is on the shorter side.

"I'll be back there as soon as I can. I might not be walking there anytime soon, but we'll get back there for sure," He said.

Syracuse University's Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer gave the following statement:

Our chief priority is the safety and security of our student-athletes, the officials and our fans.

Consistent with our Division 1 peers, we recognize we cannot always prevent fans from going onto the field. Jumping over rails inherently puts fans at risk, which is why or Fan Code of Conduct asks our fans to celebrate in a respectful and responsible fashion.
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