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McCourt Agrees To Pay For Increase In Police Officers At Dodger Stadium
Published April 11, 2011
IMAGE IMPACT: In L.A., Bill Dwyre notes the Dodgers "return to Dodger Stadium Thursday and chances are decent that there will be more cops than fans." Dwyre: "Poor McCourt. It is hard not to shake your head in wonder at how entangled in negative stuff one person can get" (L.A. TIMES, 4/9). In N.Y., Ian Lovett wrote of Dodger Stadium, "That lingering image of a laid-back urban haven was shattered on opening day, when two people severely beat a San Francisco Giants fan in a parking lot after the game and left him with possible brain damage. The March 31 episode serves as a sobering reminder that Dodger Stadium no longer seems to fit its former image, and that many fans have become uneasy going there" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/10). USA TODAY's Norwood wrote the attack "has resonated loudly" in L.A., "shaking a Dodgers franchise that is one of the city's most venerated institutions but has been dogged by complaints of threatening and offensive behavior at the stadium" (USA TODAY, 4/11).
PREPARING TO STOP RETALIATION: Giants Senior VP/Ballpark Operations Jorge Costa said that the team "will employ 'World Series-level' security measures" for tonight's home game against the Dodgers "to help prevent any retaliatory incidents from the Opening Day beating." ESPN L.A.'s Ramona Shelburne noted today's game is the "first between the two teams in San Francisco since the brutal attack" on March 31. Costa early last week "estimated that the security force for Monday's game would be '15-25 percent' larger than a typical home game," but "after meetings with his staff and San Francisco police on Sunday, he said the size of that force would be even larger, probably 30-40 percent bigger than a typical home game" (ESPNLA.com, 4/10).