Security will be heightened both inside and outside AT&T Park tonight when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town to open a three-game series — and the game will be dedicated to a Giants fan who was critically injured during an Opening Day attack in L.A.
Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two, was hospitalized with a fractured skull following the March 31 assault outside Dodger Stadium. The two men believed to be responsible have not been arrested, and there have been fears of retaliation.
“We’re going to have a very visible, increased presence both inside and outside of the game,” police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. He declined to provide specifics about the number of additional officers.
Esparza said police will be on the lookout for rowdy, drunken behavior.
“Anyone who is causing any problems will be dealt with immediately in order to prevent any further escalation,” Esparza said. Enforcement could range from ejection from the stadium to an arrest on public intoxication charges, he said.
“We don’t want to arrest anybody if we don’t have to, but the message is we want people to enjoy the game and remain civilized,” Esparza said.
All three games were nearly sold out by Sunday and will likely include a large contingent of Dodgers fans.
While security will be increased throughout the ballpark, there will “probably [be] a strong concentration in the bleacher area,” Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said.
“We expect our fans and anyone coming to the ballpark to act accordingly,” she said. “Respect the rivalry.”
Jorge Costa, the vice president of ballpark operations, said of particular concern is after the game when fans will congregate outside the stadium and walk toward their respective modes of transportation.
“Hope for the best, plan for the worst,” he said.