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Violence Breaks Out At Raiders-49ers Game At Candlestick Park
Published August 22, 2011
SAFETY ISSUES: In Oakland, Kaplan & Maher note the outbreak of violence "heightened concerns about security at stadiums that first arose about five months ago" when MLB Giants fan Bryan Stow was "severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium." The 49ers would not comment on security yesterday, but issued a statement saying they will work with police "in any way possible to understand how and why this happened" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/22). In S.F., Scott Ostler writes under the header, "NFL Must Act Quickly To Tamp Down Fan Violence." Ostler: "Whatever the security at the game, it wasn't enough. You can't have owners making billions of dollars, players making millions of dollars, and fans bleeding and dying because the league and individual teams aren't devoting enough resources to security" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/22). In San Jose, Tim Kawakami writes, "We can definitely agree that it's worth reviewing whether the mix of 49ers and Raiders fans at this annual exhibition game -- at night, with many long-term ticket-holders of both teams staying at home -- is too combustible to continue. At the very least, the teams can agree to play the game next year during the day, damn the TV ratings, if they play it at all" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/22).