The severe beating of a fan in the Angels Stadium parking lot Friday raises the question of whether security is sufficient at sports venues. The fan in question was a former LAPD officer, and the assailant has yet to be identified or found. While the motive for the attack is unclear, this is not the first time a fight involving fans has broken out after an Angels game.
One fan died in the right-field pavilion at Angel stadium in 2009. It’s also been an issue at other stadiums in California, including 2011 beating of Bryan Stow in the parking lot at Dodgers stadium. Friday’s assault occurred despite regularly increased patrols by Anaheim police for playoff games. The Angels have commented that they are working in full cooperation with the police over this incident and that they evaluate security “every game, whether we have an incident or not.” Witnesses and others with information were asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.
Does hearing about altercations at stadiums deter you from going to games? Would more police presence ensure the security of fans? How physical should fans be able to get with each other before they need to be stopped?
Steve Adelman, Sports and Entertainment lawyer based in Scottsdale, Arizona