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Security Measures Deployed at Dodger Stadium



    The team and the LAPD are responding to the opening night beating that sent a Giants fan to the hospital. He remains in a coma. (Published Wednesday, June 8, 2011)

    Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated that multiple arrests were made in the Dodger Stadium area on Thursday night. Police clarified Friday that only one arrest was made. The other violations are considered citations.

    Forty-six citations, mostly for intoxication, were reported after Thursday's Dodgers game -- the first at which new security measures were deployed.

    The measures are part of a zero-tolerance policy toward misbehaving fans. Fans encountered a heavy presence of uniformed LAPD officers throughout the stadium, entrance tunnels, parking areas, and Elysian Park.

    Officers enforced the stadium's long-standing no-tailgating policy and making sure fans don't drink in the parking areas before coming to the games. Most of the offenses were alcohol related.

    The Dodgers have also taken steps to monitor for drunken fans inside the stadium. Alcohol has been removed from the team's half-price promotion.

    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.

    One person at a nearby park was arrested for an outstanding warrant, an incident unrelated to the tightened security at the stadium, said LAPD officer Bruce Borihanh.

    Volunteers from Stow's employer, American Medical Response, collected donations Thursday from fans to the Bryan Stow Fund. Messages were played on the DodgerVision board to let fans know they can make contributions online at

    The attack on Stow was the latest in a series of incidents that have damaged Dodger Stadium's reputation. 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.


    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.
    A short-lived promotion in 2005 in which 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.
    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 eventually found not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon after claiming self-defense.

    There were 132 arrests for suspicion of drinking in public around Dodger Stadium at the 2010 opener.