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State issues few alcohol citations at Dodgers Stadium, Angels Stadium and Staples Center

May 14, 2011 | 10:32 am


State regulators have not cited Southern California's top pro-sports venues in several years.

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the licensing authority that enforces responsible alcohol  retailing, has not issued a citation for liquor-law violations at Dodgers Stadium since 1999, according to a Times review.

No citations for violations at Angels Stadium have been filed since at least 1992, and the most recent allegation against a Staples Center vendor came in 2002.

ABC spokesman John Carr said the Dodgers' clean slate could simply reflect sharp-eyed vigilance by concessionaires and security staffs. And it is difficult to prove "disorderly house" cases, they said: The task requires the ABC to determine that a vendor's actions or inaction helped create a public nuisance.
Carr said ABC inspections are infrequent because the agency is spread thin, keeping tabs on more than 80,000 licenses statewide.

Read the full report on alcoholic beverage control at sports venues here.


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Photo: Police patrol Dodgers Stadium. Credit: L.A. Times