Man Who Fell From Suite at a University Sports Arena in Albuquerque Awarded $144,000

Eduardo Bracamonte Jr. of Peralta fell from a luxury suite at a university sports arena in Albuquerque onto concrete stairs while making his way to a seat. He plunged about 20 feet into the arena’s main seating area and later sued for damages in state district court, alleging that the design and arrangement of the suite were dangerous.

He has been awarded $144,000 under a state-negotiated settlement. The state paid one-third of the settlement, while contractors on a 2010 stadium renovation paid the remainder. The University of New Mexico and contractors deny any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit from Bracamonte says that his son witnessed the fall and was emotionally traumatized. The son received $6,000 under the settlement agreement.

Bracamonte landed feet-first, shattering bones in his foot and ankle.

– Ella Breedlove