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Beefed-up security at Petco as Dodgers series gets underway

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San Diego (CBS 8) -  There were a number of concerns for the match-up between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres Friday night other than the rain delays from Mother Nature; security issues were on the minds of Petco Park management.

The match up between the Dodgers and Padres is supposed to get heated up on the field, but after a fight at last week's Dodgers' opening game against the San Francisco Giants left one fan in a medically induced coma, the team's owner is taking a stand.

"The behavior at Dodgers Stadium is going to change," said Dodger Owner Frank  H. McCourt Jr. 

Those changes include a number of things from no drinking of alcohol in the parking lot prior to the game, to no profanity or taunting of other fans within Dodgers Stadium.

Those security concerns in Los Angeles followed the team to San Diego where L.A. and the Padres, along with the fans, have come together for a three game series at Petco Park.

In light of the incident up in L.A. Petco park management beefed up security.

"Our Director of Security has met with private security and SDPD to address the concerns typical of this series (i.e. fan behavior), especially in light of what recently transpired in LA, said Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Mark Guglielmo in an email. "We will increase our staffing levels for this series with the Dodgers in addition to paying particular attention to specific areas both inside and outside the ballpark."

Some fans have mixed feelings.

"That thing is an isolated incident to be honest," said Jarin McClinton, a San Diego resident and Dodgers Fan.

Dodgers fan Peter Bartoli says the call for more security is a knee jerk over reaction, "Their aren't enough security and cops to watch all the stupid drunks in  the world."

Others think there's a huge difference in the way San Diegans handle themselves when it comes to a little friendly competition and that beefing up security here isn't necessary.

"I think it's a little over reaction, I mean what happens in LA, happens in LA," said Padres Fan, Rick Trevino.

San Francisco Giants fan Robert Lopez says that it's sad what took place in Los Angeles and thinks a retaliation attack during a San Francisco game is possible. He adds that everyone needs to realize that it's just baseball, "We come to these events to watch these professional players play the game and that's where it  should end."

Tiffany White and Andrew Blanch told us they're die hard fans of their teams and agree with the increased security... admitting that tension does build between fans.

Game one in the series offered up many delays due to the rain and never gave fans a chance to fight over much. In fact the only thing heating up at  this game was the hot chocolate.

Mark Guglielmo says they plan to evaluate security needs on a series by series basis.



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