Fans Split Over Safety At Dodger Stadium; Mayor Calls For Calm

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Is it still safe to go to Dodger games anymore?

A prayer vigil set for Wednesday evening in honor of Brian Stow — the San Francisco Giants fan who was attacked on Sunday in a post-game parking lot brawl — will likely bring renewed focus on safety concerns at Dodger Stadium.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports fans are largely split on whether the potential risk to their personal safety is worth the price of admission.

One man told KNX 1070 he wouldn’t be worried about his safety at a Dodger game, while another said he wouldn’t even bother going to a game, saying there is a larger problem with the mentality of Dodger fans.

Team officials continue to face growing pressure to boost security at the Elysian Park site — an effort even Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined after producing a public service announcement calling for fans from both cities to cool their traditional rivalry.

Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers tells KNX 1070 the “absurd” response from Dodgers owner Frank McCourt does little to address the long-simmering situation that has underpinned the security issues at the stadium.

“We’re talking about people who are taking their kids to the ballpark, they’re hearing obscenities left and right, they’re bothered by drunks,” said Simers. “There’s a feeling of threats, people cutting in front of lines, people flashing a knife in their pants to show they can go where they want.”

Dodgers officials have so far declined to comment on calls for better security and tighter restrictions on alcohol sales.

The L.A. City Council, the Dodgers and the Giants have teamed up to offer more than $100,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest of those involved with the assault.

Click here to donate funds to help the Stow family with their medical costs and other expenses.

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  • Ben

    Dodger Stadium is a safe place if you mind your own business and don’t irritate anyone especially if you are a Giants fan.

    • John

      Dodger stadium is not safe. I have been there where there has been a fight, a stabbing. Ive seen people so drunk barfing “BEFORE” the game started.

    • Fred

      disagree, I stopped going years ago, the fans cuss at anyone not cheering for the Doyars.

    • KateK

      My husband was at this game. He said that there was a lot of trash talking from the Giants fans. He said it was pretty out of control, and you just knew something was going to happen.

      Last time I was there, 2 rows down, really drunk and obnoxious guy. We complained, as did a bunch of other people, but they just left him there, and worse, Im fairly sure he drove home.

      • Karen

        You husband’s comment “that he just knew something was going to happen” is evidence that your husband is one of the fans with which the rest of the fans have issues. He “just knew something was going to happen?”

        Do you not understand how this confirms that Dodger fans are out of control?

        He “just knew something was going to happen.”

        God help us.

      • Darren Chandler

        Right, I was there, too. I was concerned for the Giants fans there because of all the drunk “fans”, but not for myself. By the way “fans” are DOYER fans. I’m a Dodger fan, thank you very much. It’s a huge rivalry and it will never die. At this point, though, the fan support just might. I won’t stop going to games, but I’ll never sit in the cheap seats again.

      • Edward

        One time in band camp…….. Hahaha you sound like a little old lady that would attend a figuere skating event. Welcome to LA! We’re here to stay! What else you going to complain about? Traffic! Go back to your dirt town, population 1500 middle of nowhere. No rivalry compares to this one, drink up! its legal, hahaha. You can thank your goverment, or you can always be an Vngels fan. Wake up white people!!!

    • Ashley

      Actually it’s comments like yours and fans like you that REAL Dodger and Giants fans avoid going to Dodger Stadium. Yes, there is a big rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers TEAMS, but when people are getting things thrown at them or beaten up ONLY because they are wearing the logos of the opposing team, then that’s disgusting. The lowlife Dodger fans have ruined the fun for the REAL Dodgers and Giants fans to enjoy a day out at the ballpark.

    • Chris

      Youre an idiot. I always mind my own business and still get bothered just cause I’m wearing my Padres fitted. Theres a reason I only sit dugout club, baseline box, or field level seats, so i dont have to deal with the poor lowlifes that grace the pavillions.

      • Marissa

        Chris you’re an idiot. Why are you wearing a Padres uniform at a Dodgers game in Los Angeles in the first place. Don’t you know any better? Common sense man!

    • Luis

      bill is an idiot.

    • Superdago

      Ben you are dillusional. Mind your own business even as someone gets their head stomped in by a chicken *$%& Dodger fan who attacks you from behind? Yeah just don’t pay any attention. Let people cut in front of you and don’t say anything? At least grow some guts and go face to face with the person to give them a fair chance. You are such a wimp and despicable excuse for a human being.

    • Boxingfan213

      What an elitist racist comment, go watch water polo rich boy. Baseball is for hard working people who get off work and go catch a game. I love Dodger games, watching the opposing teams fans get beaten down is part of the entertainment.

      • SHARON


    • Kathy

      Ben, you are an idiot and probably frineds with the cowards that did this. He was minding his own business. He was walking to his car….that’s it. Besides irritaiting someone does not give anyone the right to beat them down.

    • Duh!

      Looks like we just found one of the suspects. It is Boxingfan213.

      He states that he likes to beat down opposing team fans. Even his handle is about fighting. Unless he is referencing the Boxer Rebellion, but that too involved a lot of violence.

    • mr. t

      No Bill’s got it correct! Never would I go see a Dogtown game! Never, ever…drunks midwestern brother thought he’d catch a game last year. He was harrassed by drunk fans, saw a dog fan beat on his girl and then proceeded the big bad dog fan thought he’d be oh so cool and spill his beer all over! My bro was disgusted with the low life and could’nt believe how rounchy it’s all become! Welcome to Me he co!


      No, actually he’s not. It’s all those same “Doyer” fans that cause most of the problems. Nothing but little thugs that probably don’t have jobs, but, have enough money for a DODGER ticket and cerveza. They probably have beat-up cars with spinners on them, too.

    • suzie


    • shiggity

      they need to make Dodger stadium the next land fill. I would never take my 10 year old to that dump

  • Brad Pilz

    It used to be a fun place to go and take your kids.. I grew up going to games.. Now i dont think i would take my kids again.. I think the thugs have taken over.. And i think the Dodgers Organazation as a whole needs more patrol in the parking lots. Its a very scary place in those lots at night time

  • jaided

    Im a dodger fan and love dodger stadium since i was a kid. For christmas all i wanted was a set of opening day tkts to a dodger game. it was different back then. Now even i as a dodger fan sometimes feel unsafe to take my own children because of all the drunks cusing and gang banging mentality at a dodger game. Security should have a zero tolerance for drunk cusing fans. kick them out no warnings.



    • Karen

      It is a pity isn’t it. It’s a far cry from the subway passengers who apprehended a low life who was trying to rape a girl.

  • Jim Gates

    angel games are much better the security is off duty anaheim police officers

    • Brad Pilz

      I agree.. I think the Dodger admin is so cheap with there hiring.. I have seen gang members as security and turn there back when there is trouble.. Come on take advise from the Angels

    • Artie

      wasnt a fan killed last year during a Angels-A’s game, its the mentality of people now days, Idiots

      • cande

        Yes I seem to recall that stabbing also but everyone has forgotten bout the Angel drama and jumped on the Dodger hater bandwagon…..Serious!!!!!
        Not all Dodger Fans are losers like the guys that did this….

  • jim

    I went to two games last year. Fights in the stands each time. I will NEVER go to a game there again. It is a long drive to Anaheim but what a different crowd

  • Dodger Fan

    Just don’t wear a Giants jersey and you’re fine!!!

    • Fred

      You sir are part of the problem, homir

      • alex ruiz

        what’s a homir?

      • SHARON


    • Giants Fan

      That”s a stupid comment. Just goes to show the thug mentality of Dodger fans. The gangs have taken over the Dodger fan base, and Dodger blue is just another gang insignia. Dodger fans are the baseball equivalent of Raider fans–moronic idiots who like cheap beer and tasteless hot dogs

      • Artie

        wait a minute, the same thing happens in San Francisco, and i have seen it, and Giant orange is just another Gay insignia, see how stupid that sounds



  • "used" to be fan...

    I am just going to be honest and say what non of you has the ball to say. Ghetto! Place is taken over by low class ghetto! That’s what it is!

    • John

      You sir, are correct

  • Stella

    Dodgers Stadium is surrounded by Ghettos. Same as Staples center or LA Coliseum, but at least USC games involve MOSTLY educated young & responsible adults.

    • Marissa

      Stella, you are such a fool. Evidently you never been to Staples Center. It’s not a ghetto in that part of Los Angeles. There are million dollar condos in the area and it’s a nice high class area. You need to get out more often.


    Dodger Stadium is very dangerous. Especially with LA gangs wearing LA dodger blue hats & uniforms.

    • Dodger Blue

      ILLEGALS- you are 100 % correct the issues are caused by the 5% of the crowd who are drunken gang bangers. The Dodgers can’t sell tickets well did they ever stop to think that it’s because of the bad crowd they attract. If they made security their top priority (and I’m not talking about hiring more $8 an hour gang bangers) then maybe it would be inconvenient for the gangsters to attend and the families and influential members of our society will once again start to attend games.

  • stay at home dodger fan

    you’d be CRAZY to go to a dodger game these days! the organization cares not too much for security of their fans..that’s why you hear so many incidents of fights, assaults, drunks, etc..etc….bring my family there? not these days. it’s sad cause it used to be such a wonderful place to bring the kids…dodgers need to START CARING about the state of security at the ballpark!!!

  • Ray

    I have gone to many Dodger games and have never had a problem. I don’t see too many problems. All these shock jocks on right-wing hate radio need to stop the race baiting. Especially those racist thugs with microphones on KFI. This is not a “Mexican” problem.. Most of the Mexicans at Dodger games are law-abiding families. it’s just a matter of having tighter security and less alcohol sales.

    • Ruben N.

      Ray, the few times that I’ve been to a Dodger game I too notice that the guys being kicked out were Hispanics. I agree that the percentage of trouble makers is low but the percentage of the trouble makers that are Hispanics is high. Let’s not ignore the facts. We as Hispanics need to teach our kids how to be law abiding honorable men, and that excessive alcohol drinking and acting or appearing tough does not make a man.

      • AMERICA


  • John

    I agree with “Use to be a fan” The last time I took my boys to watch a game, it was like we were on the streets of East L.A. We sat in mid-level seating and the Ghetto around us were drunk, using foul language and flashing gang signs to the low lifes in the Pavillion seating. Try going to Petco Park, it’s a much better atmosphere, fun and no Ghetto.

    • Ray Kroc

      when have you walked the streets of east LA? Petco Park? just down the street from the ghetto under the Coronado bridge??

  • Fred

    Mc Court is a nut, he though besides the mugging opening day was perfect…. 70+ arrest is a perfect day?

  • Mike

    Dodger Stadium used to be a safe place back in the day, when there was no gangs of low life mexicans causing problems there. Low life mexicans have ruined the image of dodger stadium. I am sure that other MLB cities have there share of problems at their parks too, but the gang banging mexicans are all over dodger stadium.

    Most of the mexicans cannot afford to sit in field box, lodge box, club level, diamond/dogout, or lower reserved seats. So your pretty much safe in those locations while at a dodger game.

    Now when you get to left fild and right field pavillion seats, the upper reserved seats and the way up on top seats, there are going to be more bald headed droopy pants tatttoo infested mexicans there.

    Now the parking lot is a different story. Gangs of mexican thugs hang around after the game instead of going back home or to k mart.

    The jealous, violent, tendencies ( a gene attributed to the azteca savages) that low life mexicans possess, comes out more at sporting events i.e. dodger games, raider games and outside the staples center (laker tickets cost too much).

    I have alot of hispanic friends that feel the same way that I do.

    • charlie

      Mike, you must be a serote…

    • Thug Mexican Marine

      how can anyone NOT afford tickets for those levels…i have seen the prices and I am mexican….those levels are nothing special…and im sure your rednecked, buck-toothed, similarly tatted-up (only with stupid things like tribal or asian symbols, of which you have no connections to), city-hillbilly, trailer trash honkies don’t act any different when it comes to NASCAR…i have seen it myself…and third or fourth generation white people who are about 1/18th of hispanic heritage DONT count as hispanic friends

      • bill

        i have not heard of any drunken fan of a nascar driver assault anyone, have you? also, if you look at a situation and you can cuantify something if is not racism. if i go to the game and i am looking at a bunk of drunk people, and they happen to be hispanic it does not make me a racist because i say there were many many drunken mexicans at the game.

      • Jeff

        You’re wrong, and you’re not a marine. Stop fronting you little boy. The closest you’ve come to being a marine is playing with your Gi Joe dolls.

    • pedro a

      just curius when whites have those jealous , violent, tendencies are they attributed to those exploring VIKINGs, those NAZIS that follow HITLER so much or those English HOOLIGANS that follow soccer

      • Karen

        I’m Swedish. My relatives were Vikings. I don’t gang bang. In fact, a new consciousness arose from the violence because most Scandinavian countries are NEUTRAL and PEACEFUL.

      • pedro a

        karen that is my point i am mexican and I am not a gang member MIKE’ comment are plain stupid



  • Jesus Zeus Ortega

    beating death of a baseball fan for christ sakes its a game.Im embarrased and ashamed of my fellow angelinos conduct. you are the reason LA has a gang conitation.


    if they stop serving alcohol at baseball games, fans will finally realize it’s BORING.

  • Marie

    What a stupid comment “Just don’t wear a Giants jersey and you’re fine!!! “Dodger Fan, You need to GROW UP !

  • William Guerrero

    It takes two to tango sorry about the fan but I have been going to Dodger Stadium for years and it is a safe place I think Racism has a lot to do with this White guy jumped by two Mexicans remember avoid confrontations and you will be fine!!!

    • Mike

      Yeah 2 mexican wannabe dodger fans. News reports indicate that these 2 mexicans were harassing other giants fans too. f them, u, and all the low life mexicans that attend LA sporting events.

  • Gabriel Hill

    With the amount of money you spend to take the family, its amazing so many thugs can afford to go, but they do go. They can have the place since its such a thug fest these days. LOST ME AT DOYERS


    Dodger Games nowadays remind me of the BADASS LA Raider Games. Be ready for a Fight before, during, & after the game.

    Very Rowdy & tense atmosphere.

  • Leroybrown

    When you have Mexicans at the game there is gonna be idiotic behavior

    • Art

      A stupid racist comment from a guy named Leroy Brown. Go figure.

  • truth


  • Mike

    LOOK! Everytime there is a violent incident at Dodger Stadium, It involves Latinos (mexicans). Other teams fans get spit on, stuff thrown at them, hit, in the stands in front of security. Even other dodger fans get pummeled if they look at a low life mexican the wrong way. People get jumped in the parking lot. You do not see white, asians, or even some colored folks acting like that.

    Laker championship riots-mexicans. Stabbing at dodger stadium 2 yrs ago-mexicans. White man (giants fan) fighting for his life- latinos (more than likely mexicans) suspects. Stabbing last year at rose bowl tailgate party usc-ucla, mexicans. It goes on and on and on.

    I have alot of decent mexican friends that feel the same way I do.

    • john Q

      People probably wont like to hear this..the truth hurts, but Mike’s statement is 100% accurate.

    • mona

      Colored Folks????? The correct term is african american or just plain american! This is not the 1950’s.

      • john Q

        there’s no such thing as an african american. you’re black. you don’t call charlize theron african american, and she fits the bill more than any of you welfare check cashing monkeys. in the same way you call her white, we call you black. and the term “colored” doesn’t exclusively apply to blacks only. in fact, you’re not really black, you’re brown. colored folk, brown, or brownies.

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