05/10/2005 11:41 AM ET
Los Angeles Dodgers enhance security and safety at Dodger Stadium
LOS ANGELES -- The National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers announced today a series of enhancements to their security and stadium operations, according to Dodger Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Marty Greenspun. The club also announced the recent appointment of Shahram Ariane to Director of Security.
"Dodger Stadium has long been known as one of the most family-friendly sports venues in America. Our enhancements to the security and safety measures are a testament to our steadfast commitment to ensure this well-deserved reputation continues," said Greenspun. "This plan has been underway since the end of last season and will continue to evolve with our fans' safety and best interests in mind."
The most visible of the improvements will be the presence of uniformed Los Angeles Police officers at Dodger Stadium, which will begin at the start of the homestand on Friday, May 13. An increased number of security personnel and ushers available will also be on hand in the stands to assist Dodger fans.
The Dodgers' plan to take steps to better promote their longstanding guidelines regarding fan behavior, known as the Fan Code of Conduct, which is displayed in English and Spanish on the club's official website, www.dodgers.com and stated at the conclusion of this release. To heighten fans' awareness of the official code of conduct, there will be increased signage displayed at entrances and throughout the Stadium concourses, as well as new public address announcements and brochures. Additionally, several Dodger players will record new public service announcements regarding safety and ballpark etiquette. These PSAs will be broadcast on the DodgerVision board prior to and during every Dodger home game. The guidelines state that any fan violating the team's code of conduct will be immediately ejected from the ballpark and/or subject to arrest and prosecution.
Heading up the Dodgers' security efforts since the start of the season is Ariane, who previously served as the Director of Security for The Upper Deck Company in Carlsbad, CA. He worked in a similar capacity for the Staples Center from 1999-2002. He was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Security for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and served in that role until August 2004. With AEG, Ariane was responsible for directing more than 400 security personnel and their operations at Staples Center, Kodak Theater, Home Depot Center, the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and HealthSouth Training Center.
"We recently appointed an industry security veteran, Shahram Ariane, to head our stadium security efforts, providing us with the leadership and perspective to help us maintain a safe and family-friendly environment," said Greenspun.
Ariane's experience includes overseeing the security for some of the sports and entertainment industry's most high-profile events, such as the NBA Finals, the NHL and NBA All-Star Games, the Grammy Awards, and the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He also has an extensive background in emergency preparedness and anti-terrorism and is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Prior to joining Staples Center, Ariane was the Director of Security for the Le Meriden Hotel.
"The Dodgers have the greatest fans," stated Greenspun. "We want our fans to have a positive experience at Dodger Stadium. The off-season stadium renovations and our staff's focus on ongoing security and safety enhancements, as well as the enforcement of our code of conduct, are all intended to ensure that Dodger Stadium is the best venue in all of sports."
Fan Code of Conduct
The Los Angeles Dodgers are committed to creating and maintaining a safe, comfortable, and family-friendly sports and entertainment experience at Dodger Stadium. The following guidelines have been established regarding fan conduct.
1. Fans will be treated in a consistent, professional and courteous manner by all Dodger Stadium staff and team personnel.
2. Our fans' experience will not be disrupted by unruly actions or behaviors of others. Fans should report any inappropriate behavior to the nearest usher, security guard or Stadium staff member.
3. Fans will enjoy the baseball experience free from foul/abusive language or obscene gestures.
4. Fans will consume alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner. Intervention with an impaired, intoxicated or underage guest will be handled in a prompt and safe manner. Those appearing intoxicated will be denied entry or will be subject to ejection from the Stadium.
5. Fans may keep any ball hit into the stands as a souvenir. However, fans must not go onto the field, throw objects onto the field or interfere with balls in play. Violation will result in immediate ejection and/or arrest and prosecution.
6. Fans will sit only in their ticketed seats and show their tickets when requested.
7. Fans wearing obscene or indecent clothing will not be admitted into the Stadium.
8. Fans may not display any obscene or indecent messages on signs.
9. Fans will comply with requests from staff regarding Stadium operations and emergency response procedures.
10. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.
11. Fans must adhere to the Code of Conduct provisions or they will be subject to ejection without refund and revocation of season tickets and may also be in violation of city ordinances resulting in possible arrest and prosecution.