Angels Organization is LAME!!!

I am watching the  11:00 a.m. news on ABC7, one of the perks of working part-time, and they just did a story about how you can’t tailgate in the parking lots at Angels stadium. Wait, let me clarify … you can tailgate, but you can’t drink alcohol. What!?! But here’s where it gets really stupid. There was a private lot across the street, that charged the same as the stadium, that did let you booze it up. However, the City of Anaheim shut it down for the playoffs citing zoning violations.

As a huge sports fan I take offense to this. Tailgating, with alcohol, is part of the experience. Of course there are always people who drink too much and become belligerent and want to start a fight with anyone for any reason, but that can happen anywhere.

What everyone needs to remember is tailgating is about celebrating the commonality that is your team, which makes it a community. When you have a shared community you have respect, or should have, and that means respecting your fellow fans and the fans of the other team. I’m all for good natured ribbing of the rival team especially if they come into your stadium all decked out in their teams gear. It’s expected and if you don’t know this you’re very very naive. Remember though, mean-spirited barbs and violence is never appropriate.

Okay, end of my rant. Do you guys agree with me or the City of Anaheim?

Unfortunately, I can’t imbed this particular video from the ABC7 website (it was shot earlier than the live shot I saw), but click here to see the video/story.

9 Comments so far

  1. DanGarion (dangarion) on October 8th, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

    Why is the title of this “Angels Organization”? When the entity that made the decision is the City of Anaheim? The parking lot is not across the street, it’s about 500 feet from the entrance of the stadium. If the person running the parking lot doesn’t have the conditional user permit for this type of business then I completely agree with the city (and to my understanding from the article on the OCR website, he doesn’t).

  2. pittrollie on October 8th, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    You actually believe the Angels aren’t 100% behind this? If they didn’t care if people drank on or off of their premises this wouldn’t even be a news story.

  3. DanGarion (dangarion) on October 8th, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    The parking lot have been in use for at least the last 4 years, why would the Angles all of the sudden finally have an epiphany and do it this year?

  4. DanGarion (dangarion) on October 8th, 2009 @ 12:56 pm

    Also to add, the Angels aren’t the ones that decide if you can drink in their parking lot, the owner of the parking lot does (which is the City of Anaheim), it’s a public lot which means there is no drinking in it. The private lot was able to allow drinking because it was private.

  5. Gina (oc_gina) on October 9th, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    I think it’s all about trying to strike a balance between what should be a family-friendly atmosphere and all the a-holes who get drunk and act like, well, a-holes. It seems there are more and more of them lately.

    There have been deaths this season at both Dodger and Angel stadiums, most likely fueled by drunken idiots who are more than willing to get into fights.

    So it becomes a question of who costs more to police, fans with their friends and families who are out to simply have a good time, or people who can’t seem to have a good time unless they are drunk?

  6. DanGarion (dangarion) on October 9th, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    Although there was an incident at Dodger Stadium this year, no one has died there.

  7. Gina (oc_gina) on October 9th, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    Yes, I was wrong, it was JUST a stabbing.

    The death was a few years back.

  8. DanGarion (dangarion) on October 9th, 2009 @ 11:30 am

    I’m just saying, considering the amount of people that go to games, you are bound to have some incidents. (3-4 million a year a Dodger Stadium)

    I’m all for the banning of public consumption of alcohol, I don’t see the need for it. Especially if that consumption has been proven to cause more incidents. I just think we need to call things what they are, instead of making up assumptions based upon what our biased opinions think. (not calling anyone specific out, just making a statement)

  9. Gina (oc_gina) on October 9th, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    Well, I don’t have specific numbers, but I’m going to take an educated guess that with violent incidents, the stadium is going to make sure that there is an increase in security/law enforcement.

    How long that extra force will last, I don’t know.

    As for violence following crowds, why is it there are no stabbings in the Disney parking lots? There are more than 3-4 million that go through there.

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