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LAPD cracks down early at Dodger Stadium for home opener

April 10, 2012 |  8:45 am

Dodger Stadium
In an effort to prevent the kind of fighting that broke out at the Dodgers' home opener last year and left Bryan Stow critically injured, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department and the General Services Department have been patrolling the parks that surround the Dodger Stadium since early Tuesday morning.

"We have a major contingency of officers out there to prevent rowdiness and drunkenness," said Sgt. Vincent Aguirre with LAPD’s Northeast Division. "We began last night. We wanted to make sure there was no camping in the parks. People like to get in there and set up bars before the game."

The LAPD has set up a command center at the stadium, and officers will be looking out for fans who are getting a head start on the opening day festivities by drinking outside the stadium.

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The General Services Department's Office of Public Safety, which is in charge of security at city-owned facilities, began its surveillance of Elysian Park at 3 a.m. and is monitoring the area with bike, foot and vehicle patrols.

The parking lot is being patrolled by the LAPD and Dodgers security employees, who will be monitoring tailgate parties to ensure that they don't get out of control.

Alcohol is served at the stadium from the time the stadium gates open through the seventh inning.

Today’s game between the Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates begins at 1:10 p.m.


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Photo: The LAPD is beefing up security for the home opener at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times