Angels Fan Dies After Fight In Stadium Stairwell

While Phillies fans spent their opening night at Citizens Bank Ballpark coming to blows while the team raised its 2008 World Series Champions banner, at least nobody in that fight ended up in a casket. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a spectator at the Angels’ home opener on Monday night in Anaheim.

Angel Stadium stairwell Brian Powell inset

As fans were leaving Angel Stadium after Monday’s game against Oakland, 27-year-old Brian Powers got into an argument with another fan in attendance. They began pushing and shoving in a stairwell in right field before a fight escalated. Then a third man entered the fray and hit Powers in the head from behind. It was a punch that would end Powers’ life.


Powers was found on the ground unconscious and bleeding from the head on the fourth level of a stairwell near the stadium’s right field pavilion. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died, Martinez said.

Witnesses told police that the victim was fighting with another man when a third man came from behind and punched his head, causing him to fall and hit his head on a concrete step. The two assailants then ran away before security and police arrived, Martinez said.

Police have nothing to go on aside from witness reports concerning the attackers other than that they are between the ages of 25 and 30, and both have goatees.

The police ask that you contact them at (714) 765-1944 if you have any information that could help find those responsible for the fatal attack.