49ers To Curtail Tailgating; Preseason Game vs. Raiders May Be Dropped

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco 49ers are banning tailgating in the parking lot of Candlestick Park after games start, and any season ticket holders caught misbehaving on video will have their tickets revoked.

The moves announced Monday are in reaction to the violence that marred a weekend preseason NFL football game.

In addition, 49ers CEO Jed York said he will recommend to the NFL that the annual preseason game between the archrival 49ers and Oakland Raiders be put off next year.

“This is a game where you have a rivalry situation and, unfortunately you have the worst segment from a very small segment of both fan bases that come and brings about this type of event,” York said. “It’s our belief that we should recommend to the NFL that this game is at least postponed for some period of time.”

York later said, “I think that’s an easier solution. It’s unfortunate.”

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

NFL teams typically play four preseason games each year. Each team chooses one opponent and the NFL assigns the other three.

The 49ers have continually chosen the San Diego Chargers and are recommending that the NFL not schedule the Raiders.

“The degenerate behavior that happened on Saturday is not going to be tolerated,” York said. “We are not going to allow that type of behavior at our football games.”

Team officials said that they will crack down on tailgating as well in an effort to curb unruly behavior.

Tailgating will be permitted before games but not during or after the game, Vice President of Stadium Operations and Security Jim Mercurio said.

Anyone still in the parking lot once a game has started will be asked to either enter the stadium or leave the parking lot.

Ticket holders who show a pattern of unacceptable behavior could have their tickets revoked, Mercurio said.

Season ticket holders were encouraged to be careful if they sell their tickets.

“They need to pay attention to how their tickets are being exchanged,” Lee said.

San Francisco police, Mayor Ed Lee and 49ers officials also said police will set up DUI checkpoints near the stadium after all 49ers games and strictly forbid alcohol consumption then.

Three men were injured in the violence – two of them seriously – which occured both during and after the pre-season game on Saturday night. Two victims were shot in the stadium parking lot, while another man was beaten unconscious in a stadium restroom.

The conditions of the two most seriously hurt were improving Monday, according to hospital officials.

Both the San Francisco and Oakland police departments have also recommended that the annual 49ers-Raiders preseason game be eliminated, officials with the 49ers told CBS San Francisco on Monday.

The San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune newspapers reported Monday that the NFL had decided to stop scheduling the rivalry game, but both 49ers officials and Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask told CBS San Francisco that no decision had yet been made on the Battle of the Bay’s long-term future.

SFPD Chief Greg Suhr told KCBS Radio that “we added substantial numbers (of officers) for Saturday’s game” and added, “obviously we were right (to do so.)”

Motives for the violence including whether they were influenced by passions surrounding the game weren’t immediately clear. Police did indicate that one of the shooting victims wore a t-shirt that read “F*ck the 49ers.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, both teams and the NFL were all quick to condemn Saturday’s violence and pledged to work with law enforcement for a solution.

“Fans come to our stadiums to enjoy an afternoon of football, not to be subjected to intimidation or violence,” the mayors said in a joint statement. “The incidents are completely unacceptable.”

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

Lee, who was at the game, indicated Monday that he also personally observed numerous brawls among fans in the stands and was horrified at some of the conduct.

“We definitely have to curtail the violence,” he told KCBS Radio. “What we have to do is make everyone who comes into the stadium more responsible.”

Saturday’s attendance was a third less than a typical season game and Suhr said that there were 40 percent more officers at Saturday’s game than would be seen at a regular season game.

Despite that, he said, the amount of calls for unruly conduct rose dramatically.

“It appeared very early on that the people weren’t here to see the game,” Suhr said. “They were more inclined to engage with other people in the crowd.”

Police booked 12 people Saturday, while the average is one or two per game.

There are normally seven to 10 calls made for an ambulance but Saturday saw 50 such calls and the number of public intoxications more than doubled, Suhr said.

Former Raiders head coach and NFL broadcaster John Madden told KCBS Radio during an interview Monday that the violence at Candlestick was symptomatic of the declining fan experience at NFL stadiums across the country.

“This isn’t something that just showed up Saturday night in San Francisco,” Madden said. “Over the years, I don’t think that the clubs, the NFL have really taken care of the fans… That’s what they have to watch out for, that the parking lots in our stadiums don’t become hangouts for hooligans, and that our stadiums don’t.”

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he “feels bad for the people who got injured and for those who had to witness it,” while Raiders head coach Hue Jackson hoped for a safer stadium environment “where we wish that people come out and enjoy a game and hopefully that those things don’t happen.”

The Candlestick Park attacks came nearly five months after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was severely beaten by two men in Los Angeles Dodgers gear outside Dodger Stadium after the archrivals’ season baseball opener there.

That case drew widespread attention and focused a national spotlight on fan violence at sporting events.

There will be no scheduling changes to the 49ers’ upcoming Saturday game against the Houston Texans.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

  • niner_nation

    just because a few stupid people with low … because … these people are a bunch of animals.. not human… Animals
    they should be arrested and should be banned!!!! from NFL stadiums for 3 yrs…

    why should good people who like to watch the NFL should pay for dumbF^%&#$
    like these who end up in the hospitals…

    • sally mae buttlesbutt

      u shois right(ebonics), these losers never need to see live NFL action again, If you dumb people cannot practice self-control in public, they you should stay your dumb tails @ home
      its not okay to embarrass yourself or your city
      I sure would not wanna be a tourist at candlestick park!

    • forwardmarch1114

      They should teach these people who seem to love violence so much what it is about and just shoot them in the head, stupid animals.

    • Pat's Fan

      Wow…your grammar and sentence structure is appalling. I can only assume that you are including yourself in the “stupid people with low…” group that you mention.

  • bob

    A guy wears F*#K the 49’ers to Candlestick and gets his ass beat by a BIG Samoan dude. Can’t improve on stupid. Think he’ll do that again?

    • ForwardMarch1114

      Bob if i had my way you and all the other violent people would be rounded up in a Big dump truck and discarded in the bay, you don’t contribute to society you are just refuse. My dog has more brains than you!

      • Tom

        Forwardmarch- wouldn’t you consider rounding people up and dumping them into the bay violent?

      • John Daniel

        Yes, but what you don’t know is if the rest of the decent people in America could have their way the entire citizenship of the perverse city of San Francisco would be rounded up in a Big dump truck and discarded in the bay, you don’t contribute to society you are just refuse. Losers!!!! All of you!

    • Titainiumman

      Bob Using your warped logic, Being a person that hates Obama because he is destroying our economy and jobs ,I should be able to kick anyone’s ass that wears an Obama T shirt

      • Stoshio

        Hey, ForwardMarch1114 and Titainiumman,

        What did bob say? He said the idiot wearing the shirt should have expected trouble when he pulled it out of the closet to wear to the game. You can’t argue that logic. Some people just ask for trouble by being stupid. Why are you going off on him? Did he touch a nerve? Are you one of those people?

      • Another 5 letter word for Fraud...OBAMA

    • Tiny Elvis

      You are both missing Bob’s point — wearing that shirt is a stupid thing to do. Doesn’t mean the man has a right to have his head smashed, but he is an idiot. Furthermore, why was he allowed in the stadium in the first place?

      That isn’t an appropriate item of clothing and security at Candlestick is apparently too lax and not doing their job.

    • Paul

      Bob – The guy that beat the “F*#K the 49’ers” shirt was wearing an Oakland Raiders shirt. So I think more was going on here than team rivalry.

  • Roger Craig

    Yes they can improve on stupid by letting the police say they want a ban. Thats as stupid as it gets lol…

  • dr audio

    And No Cal people talking down So Cal and look at this,,,,,same thing or worse,the bay area is 10-20 years behind in gang control ….


      pretty ironic right? i think SOCAL is worst place to live in than NORCAL and you SOCAL folk have all the smogg bs in the air and its more dangerous to live in

      • dam

        I prefer NO – CAL (i.e., living in another state)

  • Mark

    Yeah, this compares well to the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” argument. You don’t ban guns, or cross-bay exhibition games, because bad people decide to use them as an excuse or means to do bad things. Don’t deprive the rest of us of a fun experience because a few plies of excrement decide to blow a gasket over a game that doesn’t count for squat in the big picture. If we were committed to locking up losers like these permanently, and not releasing them on parole or because of overcrowding, we would have less of these problems in society.

  • Dan Rakow

    If I were a 49ers Fan living in Northern California I DO NOT want to play The Silver and Black in Pre-Season EVER AGAIN and I do not want to put up with these obnoxious Raiders Fans as long The Good Lord keep Me on this Earth.

    For real I am a Chicago Bears Fan living in Suburban Chicago.

  • Ben

    There is violence in SF every day. Do the cops want to close SF? WE have a couple of police chiefs who should be union reps instead.

  • David Legnosky

    Don’t cancel the games, cancel all alcohol at all games, before, during and after. If they can’t behave, cancel their tickets, for the rest of their lives. I don’t need a drink to enjoy a game. Too many fans just use the game as an excuse to get drunk and cause trouble!

    • Brooks Jelinek

      So? Its entertainment and very expensive entertainment. Let people drink, just stop selling cheap seats and then you will be able to get rid of all the rabblerousers

  • Fed up as well.

    Wait for me!

  • Jimbo

    Sanctuary city ….It’s gangs the city embraces and cares for…

    • Crabby Because of Liberals

      Thanks Gavin Newsome and MoonBeam Brown…I say we transfer all the ILLEGALS to your neighborhood.
      Maybe THEN you will get the hint you liberal jerks !

      • grow up

        Hmmm…Still missing the connction between violence at a football game and immmigration policy…

    • Tim

      Beautiful. You reap what you sew.

  • Tom

    Maybe John &Denise York should think about moving the team down to Redwood City.I think the fans well appreciate the team more.San Francisco is becoming more like L.A. with gangs wandering about at random over a wide area.

  • Luke

    The Bay Area is a steamy dump, I’m born and raised there. Left in ’02. Dallas is a beautiful place great fan experience. Go Cowboys!

    • Fred

      Hush! That last thing Texas needs is a bunch of Cali liberals moving in there and ruining the place.

      • Paul

        Right on Fred! Keep the benefits of North Texas secret from the Cali liberals!

    • SALLY


  • Dante

    Season ticket holders were encouraged to be careful if they sell their tickets.

    “They need to pay attention to how their tickets are being exchanged,” Lee said.

    Yeah, blame everyone except the people who are actually responsible.

  • MAC

    What kind of mental illness causes people to fight over sports?

  • Forty-whinners

    No it’s the fault of the ticket holders that sold their tix? That’s like blaming Hertz for all car accidents in their rental cars. Sure it’s their car but they weren’t driving.

    Way to go G@y Area. Your city is filthy, stinks, the people are rude and obnoxious.

    Reason #64 for leaving that beautiful yet horrible state

  • Sniff

    You mean they haven’t had DUI checkpoints leaving the stadium before this? Unbelievable…

  • Thomas

    It’s San Francisco what else would anyone expect, after all it is the city that gave us Nancy Pelosi.

    • sue

      Yes, what would you expect they have Nanci dummy Pelosi. Liberal state, I would expect nothing more out of it!

  • Rollo Tomasi

    Yep – let’s ruin the experience by punishing everyone rather than aggressively targeting the small minority of “fans” that are their to cause trouble.

    Unfortunately, political correctness makes it impossible for police and security to do their job because in order to “target” the right people and do the most efficient job, they might end up “profiling” and some ACLU lawyer will show up to defend the rights of some thug who shows up at the game packing heat…So much for the rights of 99% of fans that expect to enjoy the game without getting shot…

    PC is killing us…

    • Free Bird

      Tailgate anyway, there not going to arrest everybody. Stand up and fight against the Police State

  • Jim Smith

    grow up

    Hmmm…Still missing the connction between violence at a football game and immmigration policy…



    • JO'C

      I’m not sure about No Cal but here in San Diego a lot of the fights at Charger games involve Hispanic gang members, some of whom are undoubtedly illegal. The Raider-Charger game was infamous for years because of all the fights between LA and SD gang bangers (almost all of whom were Hispanic). They couldn’t care less about the football game. It was all about representing their colors. Multiply the fight that was caught on camera in SF by 50 to get an idea of what it was like to attend a Raider-Charger game.

  • Christian Miller

    I am SO pleased that I lost interest in football ten years ago or more. Between the inherent boredom of NFL football to the degradation & violence of its so-called fans, there is just nothing there for an engaged mind. The NFL is just a huge institutionalized Pavlovian bell–the season starts and everyone does the predictable dance that wealthy owners & NFL advertisers want them to dance.

    • KDY

      I couldn’t agree more

  • Tim

    The fans just repeat what they see happening in the end zone after a touchdown or after a sack or open field tackle. God forbid we ask the players to show some sportsmanship. It’s really a disgrace what you see happen today.

    Maybe the steroids render them unable to control themselves. Shhh, don’t repeat that, no one is supposed to acknowledge the obvious.

  • Tim

    Hmmm…Still missing the connction between violence at a football game and immmigration policy…

    Let me enlighten you. Criminal behavior is criminal behavior. Not enforcing our immigration laws makes it more difficult to enforce other laws.

  • Tim

    It’s not a fair fight. The men of Oakland against the ??? of San Francisco? Were they slapping back after being punched in the face?

  • Hank Warren

    Illegals figthing at football games, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  • J Ruben Kincaid

    California is a very poorly run state. If you are a decent person get out now. If you are an illegal alien or some other kind of felon, welcome to California, you are home.

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