Come to Mannywood, Leave the Booze at Home

Get ready for even more "family atmosphere" at Dodger Stadium.

In a news release titled, "Dodgers reaffirm committment to enforcement of alcohol policies," teams officials said they are "intensifying their efforts to preserve and protect Dodger Stadium's family atmosphere."

That means leave the alcohol at home.

Security patrols will be increased in Dodger Stadium parking lots starting Thursday to reduce rowdy behavior and enforce rules against drinking alcohol. The family values push comes as the Dodgers begin an 11-game homestand.

Additional signs in English and Spanish will be posted at parking entrances and in parking lots 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 are subject to 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 club sells alcohol through the seventh inning, but apparently that's not enough for some fans.

"A lot of times when we stop someone they'll say, 'We weren't aware,'" said Capt. Bill Murphy. "By them placing signs up there it just makes our job easier to enforce it."

A 30-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in a Dodger Stadium parking lot about 90 minutes after the Dodgers' home opener April 13, police said. There was also a case of vandalism in a parking lot at the home opener, "but
the victim refused to make a report," Los Angeles Police Department Officer Karen Rayner said.

Thursday night's game against the San Diego Padres will mark the debut of the "Mannywood" section in left field. For $99, fans will receive two field level seats in Sections 51 and 53 in left field, closest to where Manny Ramirez plays defensively, along with exclusive Mannywood T-shirts. Ramirez's uniform number is 99.

Emmy winning actor Bryan Cranston from the AMC series "Breaking Bad" will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

The American Red Cross Donor of the Game program will also begin. A donor will be honored at each Dodger home game for the rest of the season.

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

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