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Dodgers To Enforce Ban on Alcohol in Parking Lots

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19:  Manny Ramirez #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to first against the Colorado Rockies during the game at Dodger Stadium on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
J.C. AyvaziSenior Analyst IApril 23, 2009

If you like bringing beer to drink in the parking lot before games at Dodger Stadium, you will be hustled out like Manny going down the line here.

In a press release dated Apr. 22, the Dodgers reaffirmed their commitment to enforcing their policy regarding alcohol in the stadium parking. "Intensifying their efforts to preserve and protect Dodger Stadium’s family atmosphere," being their reasoning.

This is fine and good to prevent people from getting all liquored up before a game and causing trouble by using foul language or getting into fights. Of course, it will be spun by naysayers to say how the McCourts are trying to increase their own beer sales and don't really care about preserving the family atmosphere.

After the Nick Adenhart alcohol-related incident that cost the lives of three young adults, one can understand why the team is looking to prevent other such tragedies. However, it should be noted the lack of control by some is what curtails the enjoyment for the responsible fans who want to enjoy a cold one, as opposed to four or six, before a game.

There will be increased signage in both English and Spanish on display in the parking lot, along with additional security patrols. Hopefully, they will have this policy of preserving the family atmosphere inside the stadium when it comes to drunk and/or abusive fans hurling obscenities and creating incidents.

There have been incidents where visiting fans were harassed beyond reason by thugs masquerading as Dodgers fans. The team must crack down on that type of behavior as well.

As much as Dodgers fans might not like Giants, Padres, or any other team's fans, they need to remember these fans of the opposing team are at Dodger Stadium as guests. One should not treat guests in such a shabby manner.

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