Dodgers might end half-off beer promotion amid security concerns, criticism
There are questions about the future of the Dodgers' planned half-off special on alcohol at midweek games after L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich called on the team to cancel the promotion in the wake of the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.
The half-off deal was planned for six games in April, May, June and August.
Spokesman Josh Rawitch said the organization is examining whether to go forward with the promotion but has not made a decision.
Antonovich said the promotion should be halted for the sake of security. “They don't need to be offering alcoholic beverages at half price when they can't handle the crowd at full price,” he said.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told The Times last week he believed beer and alcohol consumption has contributed to the problems at the stadium and said police officials were pushing the Dodgers to raise prices and stop sales earlier during games.
Stow, 42, was wearing Giants attire when he was attacked after the opening day game.
Sixteen LAPD officers and detectives are working to identify and arrest the assailants, and a $150,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.
Dodgers officials said they are reexamining the alcohol sales as part of a wider review of security and other measures at the stadium.
The Dodgers hired former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton and his security firm, Kroll Associates, to produce a plan to prevent violence in and around the stadium.
Bratton, in an interview with The Times, said a wide range of issues, including lighting in the parking lots, staffing levels of security personnel and the organization's policy on alcohol sales, would be scrutinized.
The LAPD plans to have many more officers present at games this week, with a zero-tolerance approach to misbehavior.
Antonovich said Tuesday that the plans to beef up security were “a day late and a dollar short.”
-- Richard Winton
Photo: An image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Bryan Stow, center, is shown on the scoreboard before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco on April 8. Credit: Beck Diefenbach / Reuters