Dodgers considering changes in beer sales, serving sizes as part of security review
Dodger officials have told the Los Angeles Police Department that they are reconsidering their plan to sell half-price alcohol at six games this season.
They also promised to look at prices and serving sizes for alcohol, as well as when to stop serving alcohol, according to Dodger spokesman Josh Rawitch.
The news comes as the Los Angeles Police Department announced plans Friday to bring aggressive crime-fighting tactics that it employs on city streets into Dodger Stadium as part of a security crackdown a week after a visiting fan was attacked in the ballpark's parking lot.
Overriding a Dodger policy against armed police inside the stadium, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Friday that uniformed officers will be posted throughout the ballpark and will be more aggressive about arresting or expelling people who cause trouble. Beck also said Dodgers owner Frank McCourt had agreed to pay for an increase in the number of LAPD officers patrolling in the stadium and the parking lots during and after games.
While the new crackdown does not address the issue of alcohol sales, the LAPD and the Dodgers said they are looking at the issue.
In an interview with The Times, Beck said he believed beer and alcohol consumption did, in fact, contribute to the problems at the stadium and said police officials were pushing the Dodgers to raise prices and stop sales at an earlier point in the games.
McCourt, however, said at a press conference Friday he was skeptical about how great a role beer sales played in the problems. "I don't think it's the sale of beer that's a problem, per se. I think it's the abuse of that privilege," he said.
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Photo: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, center left, with Police Chief Charlie Beck, far right, Dodger owner Frank McCourt, center and Councilman Ed Reyes, called on the two perpetrators of last week's beating at Dodger Stadium to turn themselves in. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times