LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A litany of strict security measures will be used at Dodger Stadium for the first time Thursday night as part of a zero tolerance policy toward misbehaving fans.

The measures include having 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.

KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports on the plan to control fans.

Large numbers of LAPD officers will be deployed at Dodger Stadium throughout the eight-game homestand that begins with Thursday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals in response to the Opening Day attack in a stadium parking lot left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in a coma.

`You’re going to see a sea of blue, and it’s not gonna be Dodger blue, it’s gonna be LAPD blue,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference last week. “People will be awed by the response of the Los Angeles Police Department, because we will not suffer this as a city again.”

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.

Details of additional security measures will be announced by Beck, Bratton and Dodger owner Frank McCourt at a 4 p.m. news conference.

Volunteers from Stow’s employer, American Medical Response, will collect donations Thursday night 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 http://www.sfpcu.org.

A crowd of between 30,000 and 40,000 is expected Thursday.

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Comments (7)
  1. R. Jackson says:

    Fans behaving badly has been a problem at Dodger stadium for years. Unfortunately, it took the mugging of a fan from a rival team visiting Dodger Stadium supporting his team and wering their jersey, for this problem to finally be addressed. The increased security measures at the stadium appear to be a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that has been gaining steam for years. No doubt, McCort and the Dodgers will be sued for millions in a case that may take years to wind it’s way through the legal system. Let’s see how long this “zero tolerance” will reamin in effect. The cost of the addittional police officers on overtime will be substancial. However it’s a cost the Dodgers can ultimately pass on to the public, and it’s a public relations move they can’t afford not to
    take.

    Dodger Staudium used to be a nice place to take your family for a fun day at the ball park. Not anymore. The climate has changed so much over recent years, that many former patrons of the Dodgers are looking elsewhere for their sports entertainment fix.

    I’ve read many posts here in the comment section from fans that say they no longer go to Dodger Stadium. Some don’t feel it’s safe, while others are offended by the behavior and abusive language of some fans that are within ear-shot of young children. I’ve been going to Dodger games since they arrived here in 1958. Dodger Stadium was a beautiful ballpark, and a wonderful venue to see a ball game. Everyone got along with each other. Everyone came togather as Dodger fans having a common thread of being “Dodger fans”. We all had one collective goal, rooting the Dodgers to victory. Unfortunatly, I think those days are gone, maybe forever. I hope I’m wrong.

  2. Crazy Irish says:

    The thing that sucks the most about Dodger Stadium is no tailgaiting before games. That is lame. Along with the new security measures can we get a new owner?

    1. bdj says:

      Why the need to tailgate? Isn’t being in the ball park enough, or do you need to get blind eyed drunk before you enter the staduim?

  3. Bill says:

    Good luck LAPD with harnessing those savages. Lets see 1 out of 50, equvalent to 600 of these savages per a 30,000 fan average. 1 out of 50 is an accurate ratio for Dodger Stadium.

  4. Jeff says:

    I really hope they catch the guys who did this to Brian.

  5. c-man says:

    Chief Beck is a limp noodle. He is all talk. If some “immigrant rights” group start protesting his “sea of blue” at Dodger stadium, he will back down and let the hispanics have their way. Just like he did with the license and registration checkpoints in South-LA.

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