Thursday’s season opener at Dodger Stadium went smoothly for the most part. But then the game ended and reports have been coming in about rowdy fans and a trail of trash and traffic left across Echo Park and Solano Canyon. Some Dodger fans apparently even brought their own porta-potties for pre-game tail-gate parties in Elysian Park. The most disturbing news, however, was about a Giants fan who was badly beaten and left in critical condition following a confrontation in the stadium parking lot after the game.
This morning, many residents awoke to find beer bottles and trash in front of their homes and litter strewn across Elysian Park, with one man asking if the Dodgers or the city was going to pay for the clean up. A few hours after the game ended, a resident named Kathleen, who lives on a hillside street near the stadium, emerged from her house to confront a group of rowdy fans who were drinking and making a lot of noise. She heard one man encourage another to take a pee on the street like he had done. The men got into their SUV and drove off but Kathleen wonders why she and her neighbors are put in this position.
She blames the Dodgers’ high parking fees for pushing fans – and their tail gate parties – out into neighboring street liker hers. In an email sent to the office of Councilman Eric Garcetti, Kathleen writes:
It is the city’s responsibility to require that the McCourts make parking affordable and either accept the behavior of their fans or police them on their own property instead of foisting them on our residential neighborhood.
Kathleen does not like to appear as being anti-Dodger but she is rooting for a short playing season. “I was so glad last year when they didn’t make the playoffs.”