Dodgers Cracking Down On Alcohol

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers are cracking down on fans who bring alcohol onto stadium property.

The club said Wednesday it will increase signage and security patrols in the parking lots to enforce its policy of not allowing alcohol onto the premises. Violators will be subject to ejection.

Extra signs in English and Spanish will be posted outside parking entrances and in lots beginning with the team's homestand that opens April 30.

Alcohol sales inside the stadium already end in the seventh inning. Earlier this month, the Dodgers lowered the prices of some concessions, including beer, which costs $6, down from $8.

"The responsible use of alcohol, which is what is overwhelmingly adhered to, is fine," said Charles Steinberg, Dodgers executive vice president. "In the isolated cases of fan behavior that isn't OK, alcohol abuse is often the issue. Sometimes it's the degree to which people have consumed alcohol before coming to the game."

The crackdown comes after a man was stabbed multiple times after the Dodgers' home opener on April 13. He had gotten into an argument with several men in one of the lots.

The club said it wants to preserve and protect a family atmosphere at the stadium.

"More than 99 percent of the fans act responsibly; we will be unrelenting in our pursuit of 100 percent," said Dennis Mannion, the club's president and chief operating officer.