Legal QuestionDodgers Fan Stabbed to Death After Game Against Giants

It has become very dangerous to be a sports fan in this day and age. Violence among fans at sports games has become all too common.  It is always heart breaking to read yet another headline about a fan being murdered or shot to death while attending his or her favorite team’s game.  Seems to me that a lot of these recent killings have taken place in San Francisco, CA.  The latest one took place after Wednesday’s game between rival teams, Dodgers and Giants.

According to news reports, 24-year-old Jonathan Denver was stabbed to death after the game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.  Denver was apparently leaving the stadium with his father and brother when a disagreement ensued between Dodgers and Giants fans.

Two people have been arrested but police have not provided much else information to the public as of yet.

A Ban on Stadium Violence:

Earlier last year, California state legislators introduced a bill (AB 2464) in hopes of decreasing the amount of violence at sports games.  According to the bill, if anyone was caught committing violence, they would face harsh penalties.  In my opinion, a valuable part of the bill was the “banned person list” provision that would create a ban list with the names of those individuals who were prevented from attending future games because they were convicted of violence at games.  In January of 2013 the bill was enacted into law, but without the “banned person list” provision.  According to the law, all professional sports stadiums in California must have a Security Text Code program.  This program requires that stadiums provide clearly marked text code numbers that fans can use to report fights to stadium security.

My heart goes out to the families of those who have lost their lives at these events.  Seems like you can never be too safe at these games… In your opinion, should fans steer clear of attending sports games?

What are your thoughts? Have you ever avoided going to a stadium to support your team in fear of being at the wrong place at the wrong time?