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Monday, Apr 11 2011 11:00 PM

EDITORIAL: Sports fans shouldn't have to fear for safety

By The Bakersfield Californian

The recent incident in which a San Francisco Giants fan was assaulted by two unidentified men in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after a baseball game should serve as a reminder that the safety of spectators ought to be a top priority for those who manage pro sports venues.

The Dodgers organization, to its credit, is taking strong steps to address the problem. Last week, team owner Frank McCourt, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck unveiled plans for beefing up security, which will include a greater police presence inside and outside the stadium.

"When you go into Dodger Stadium, you're going to meet a Los Angeles police officer," Beck said. "When you leave the stadium, you're going to bid farewell to a Los Angeles police officer."

Other measures will include strict enforcement of a no-tailgating policy in parking lots and a zero-tolerance policy toward fan behavior, which even extends to language.

Sports fans everywhere, whether at Dodger Stadium or at our very own Rabobank Arena, deserve a safe environment in which to cheer for their favorite teams. We applaud any and all efforts by venue managers toward ensuring that end.

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