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Increased security outside Dodger Stadium

April 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Security officers are covering all the bases Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers kick off an 11-game homestand at Dodger Stadium. The stadium is beefing up security patrols in the parking lots to reduce rowdy behavior, and enforce rules against bringing alcohol.Additional signs have been posted around the stadium reminding fans that alcohol cannot be brought onto the premises or consumed in parking lots, said Dennis Mannion, the team's president and chief operating officer. Violators could face ejection.

"These policies underscore our commitment to preserving the environment that families seek," Mannion said. "More than 99 percent of the fans act responsibly. We will be unrelenting in our pursuit of 100 percent."

The move follows a spark of recent violence in the stadium in Elysian Park.

Police say a 30-year-old man was stabbed in the stadium parking lot 90 minutes after the Dodger's opening game on April 13. They say there was also a case of vandalism in a parking lot at that night, but the victim refused to make a report.

Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres will also mark the debut of the left field section "Mannywood." For $99, which is Manny Ramirez's uniform number, fans will receive two field level seats in left field, as well as exclusive Mannywood T-shirts.

Actor Bryan Cranston from the AMC series "Breaking Bad" will throw out the first pitch of the game.

Former manager Tommy Lasorda will also be welcomed back to Dodger Stadium following his USO tour of the Middle East.

City News Service contributed to this story.