Will the Dodgers open their gates to tailgate parties?

The Dodgers’ decision to hike their parking rates to $15 forced many fans to park their cars on nearby streets, drawing complaints from Echo Park residents. This year, many Dodger fans have also moved their tail gate parties outside of the stadium lots and into surrounding Elysian Park. Those parties (in addition to some car shows) have residents complaining about public drinking, trash, double-parking and general bad behavior. In response, Councilman Eric Garcetti’s office has asked that the Dodger parking lots be opened two hours earlier than usual to accommodate the tail-gate parties.

“It all used to be inside the gates,” said Mitch O’Farrell, Garcetti’s director for constituent service, of the pre-game parties. He added, in a post on the Echo Elysian Forum, O’Farrell added that “we are working w/the Dodger organization to do a better job of discouraging bad behavior from some fans that couldn’t care less about any negative impact they have in the surrounding neighborhoods.”

No response yet from the Dodgers.

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