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Dodger Stadium cancels half-price alcohol games

Apr 13, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

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The Dodgers are making a couple of sweeping changes in the wake of the still-unsolved beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow that took place outside the gates of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day.

We’ve already touched on the “sea of LAPD blue” that will be seen around the park going forward. Now, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have canceled six scheduled half-price alcohol games that had been featured on the club’s promotional schedule.

Food and soft drinks will still be available at half price, but beer and other alcoholic beverages will no longer be discounted for fear that cheap drunkenness might incite violence.

The Dodgers have also hired Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton to review the stadium’s security measures and to provide advice on changes. Those findings will be discussed Thursday at a press conference.

It’s unfortunate that everything had to get so serious at one of baseball’s finest parks and that responsible drinkers are having a couple of good times spoiled, but the Dodgers had to do something to ensure the safety of their fans. And shutting down alcohol consumption altogether is simply never going to be an option.

  1. shaggylocks - Apr 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Guidance from the LAPD! Great! That’ll straighten out all the… wait, wait a minute, the LAPD?!? As in the same LAPD with the long and distinguished record of corruption, brutality, and racism? The same LAPD that beat Rodney King? The same LAPD from the Rampart scandal, that saw over 70 officers become entangled in one of the most widespread cases of documented police misconduct in United States history?

    I’m sure there are a lot of good, upstanding officers in the ranks of the LAPD. Still, I think if I were going to see the Dodgers play I’d take my chances with stadium security.

    • tomemos - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:34 AM

      That was at least two police chiefs ago; they’ve cleaned house since then. I’m sure there are still some problems, but other police departments have had just as prominent scandals even more recently–New York, most notably.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Somebody thought half price alcohol night was a good idea in the first place?

    • henryd3rd - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM

      is it me or do I feel that a major lawsuit is in the offing and that the Dodgers may be one of the defendants?

  3. phillyhomer - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    USA! USA! USA!

  4. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    I suspect all that happened was that Frank McCourt was horrified to discover they were selling his beer for half price while he had been distracted by his marital morass, and decided it was high time to get back to soaking his fans.

    • cur68 - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:09 PM

      Watchoo wanna bet the cost of all this extra security isn’t going to be reflected in the ticket prices? That hiking up the hooch stuff? Paying for security, lawyers, sildenafil and rogain.

    • henryd3rd - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:24 AM

      Leave Frank alone. He’s an honorable man; so are the all honorable men. Bonds, Clemens, Giambi, Palmerio, Sosa and let’s not leave out Bud “with his head in the sand” Selig and the other club owners. These folks are all honorable men. They see nothing wrong with anything that has to do with baseball. That includes selling beer at half price in spite of the fact that the patrons are already drunk and have to drive home. Nice!

  5. paperlions - Apr 13, 2011 at 11:24 PM

    Half priced alcohol at a ballpark is still no where near approaching “cheap drunkenness” territory.

    • BC - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:33 PM

      And you have to figure that most of the fans that want to drink to punishing excess show up to the game bombed anyway. Though raising beer prices to like $15 a beer would help keep a lid on it, give people nine innings to sober up a little.

  6. tomemos - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Thanks a lot, murderous thugs. That is what I call “ruining it for the rest of us.”

  7. tomemos - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Drew, a correction: there were no night promotions for half-priced food and alcohol. All of these promotions were for midweek day games, a less crazy idea.

    • Drew Silva - Apr 14, 2011 at 2:28 AM

      Appreciate that.

  8. visnovsky - Apr 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM


  9. willieblackmon - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    I remember playing one..something to do with rabbits and copying what the other person is doing..but ive forgotten what its called.
    Quick Detox

  10. purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    I think it’s a good idea, because rumor has it that as soon as the outrage over the near fatal beating of the Giants fan in the Dodgers parking lot dies down, these promotional dates will be replaced with “nickel a beer” games (a MUCH better idea, hic!). This will allow broke Dodgers owner Frank Mc Broke ample time to install pay urinals to make up for any lost revenues that nickel a beer games may cause!

  11. BC - Apr 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    They still had half-price alcohol in this day and age? Wow I missed the memo on that one. Imagine if they did that in Philly (sorry Jonny5).
    You know, I’ve been to an awful lot of MLB games, and a number of times (when not driving) had copious amounts of beer, and I’ve never started a fight or beaten anyone or anything like that. These few buffoons are ruining it for the rest of us.
    PS. I remember about 20 years ago in Glens Falls, NY, I was at a minor league game, and the PA announcer comes on at the start of the 7th inning and says, “Announcement from the concession stand, for the remainder of the game, all beer is $1.” Woo boy.

  12. purdueman - Apr 14, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    What I favor is converting selected Dodger home games into hockey games. All the Dodgers have to do is replace the previously announced half price booze dates with nickel a beer nights and then couple those with a heavy Dodger beer glass giveaway. Then along about the 7th inning the hockey game will break out in the stands which will be much more entertaining than watching the current product that the Dodgers are putting on the field! (LOL!)

  13. koufaxmitzvah - Apr 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    If only the Big Dodger in the Sky would cancel this half-assed ownership.

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