Thursday night's Dodgers game marks the first at Dodger Stadium since a new zero-tolerance policy regarding fan misbehavior was announced.
After the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow on opening day in the stadium parking lot, team officials and the LAPD considered new measures, including off-duty police officers who are normally hired by the Dodgers for security in uniform; stationing Los Angeles Police Department officers at stadium entrances and exits; and strictly enforcing the stadium's long-standing no-tailgating policy.
LAPD officers will be deployed at Dodger Stadium throughout the eight-game homestand that begins with Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. A crowd of between 30,000 and 40,000 is expected at the game.
Details of additional security measures will be announced by Beck, Bratton and Dodger owner Frank McCourt at a pregame news conference, a team executive said.
The organization also reconsidered its planned half-off alcohol promotion. Alcoholic beverages are no longer part of the Dodgers’ Half Price Food & Drink Promotion, the team said in a statement Wednesday. The deal was supposed to be offered during games on April 21, May 4, June 15, June 22, August 10 and August 31.
The Dodgers also hired former LAPD Chief William Bratton as a consultant to review security at the stadium in response to the attack on Stow.
Stow remains in a coma. Volunteers from Stow's employer, American Medical Response, will collect donations tonight from fans to the Brian Stow Fund. Messages will be played on the DodgerVision board to let fans know they can make contributions online at www.sfpcu.org.
Past Violence at Dodger Stadium
Aug. 10, 1995: The Dodgers forfeited a game in 1995 when fans threw baseballs that had been given away onto the field following the ninth-inning ejection of leadoff hitter Raul Mondesi and manager Tommy Lasorda.
Sept. 20, 2003: A fan was shot and killed in a Dodger Stadium parking lot in 2003, the lone homicide in the history of the stadium, which opened in 1962.
2005: A short-lived promotion in 2005 where some tickets were reduced to $2 became dubbed "$2 Riot Night'' by a fan who sent an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times, and "Fight Night Tuesdays'' by a security guard, prompted an increase in security and an executive to declare the team had a "zero tolerance policy'' regarding fan misbehavior.
April 13, 2009: At the Dodgers' 2009 home opener, a 30-year-old man was stabbed in a stadium parking lot following the game. Defendant Arthur Anthony Alvarez was found not guilty of an assault with a deadly weapon charge after claiming self- defense.