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Head of NFL security vows Bay Area stadiums will be safe

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After last week’s Raiders-49ers preseason game turned ugly, with fights in the stands, a beating in a restroom and two shootings in a parking lot, the NFL is promising vigilance with this week’s two Bay Area preseason games.

NFL Director of Security Jeffrey Miller will attend both games and said that an increased police presence and an emphasis on curtailing drunk and disorderly behavior will make the stadiums safe.

“I’d say come on out and enjoy the end of the preseason,” Miller told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’ll be there, and we’ll be there in an enhanced way. We’ll create a good environment for our fans.”

Although it didn’t look like it last week, Miller said there’s been a lot of improvement over the last few years in the way fans in the Bay Area act at games.

“I remember the first game I did, which was 2008, Monday night, Denver at Oakland, that was unbelievable,” Miller said. “I saw officers assaulted right in front of me, people tased, people bleeding, it was terrible, and I’ve been in law enforcement for years. I thought, ‘This is just not acceptable, we have got to get ahold of this.’ Last year when I went and watched that same game, I didn’t see one assault on an officer, didn’t see hardly a need for even an arrest.”

Being happy about not seeing an assault on a police officer is setting the bar pretty low, but Miller insists that the NFL will hold fans to high standards at its stadiums. If you’re planning to go to a game because you’re looking for a fistfight, stay home.

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43 Responses to “Head of NFL security vows Bay Area stadiums will be safe”
  1. petehemlock says: Aug 27, 2011 7:20 AM

    They should play on Alcatraz.

  2. eahenry says: Aug 27, 2011 7:21 AM

    How are they gonna do that? Place the riot squads in the parking lots before and after the game?

  3. buffordtjustice says: Aug 27, 2011 7:39 AM

    I am not an eagles fan. Having said that, most ppl would expect that from them due to the rep they have. I know they used to have a jail cell under the Vet. So, I cant believe I am saying this but, I am going to give the Eagles fans props for not shooting ppl. Yeah the did boo Santa and Mike Schmidt (ok thats Phillies). I think Philly fans are just very passionate, not nearly as violent as Bay area fans. I live in SJersey all my friends are Eagles fans, and they are decent ppl. I have been to Vet and Linc in Cowboys gear and know one has ever touched me. Tons of name calling, but thats to be expected.

  4. flavordave says: Aug 27, 2011 7:55 AM

    Bufford- You live in south jersey and youre a cowboy fan? Im also in south jesey and Im an Eagle fan, Id love to invite you and the wife over for tea and krimpets. We can discuss football and Ill show you my collection in the basement. Its on the far side in that dark corner. And the autographed pictures are on the inside of this plastic bag so youll need to put it on your head. Did I also mention I collect baseball bats?

  5. joetoronto says: Aug 27, 2011 7:59 AM

    Here’s an idea, don’t allow guns into the stadium, ANY stadium.

    No guns equals no one getting shot, it’s not that hard to figure out.

  6. danielcp0303 says: Aug 27, 2011 8:06 AM

    Never go into the black hole without protection

  7. seneca1ss says: Aug 27, 2011 8:35 AM

    Better LATE than never I guess

  8. kevin3142 says: Aug 27, 2011 8:40 AM

    Solution isn’t more cops and security…… just ban all Oakland fans

  9. corvusrex96 says: Aug 27, 2011 8:41 AM

    So SF and Oakland games will be safer…..

    Are they going to have ICE working the gates?

  10. ICDogg says: Aug 27, 2011 8:55 AM

    It’s usually the same jerks again and again causing trouble at the stadium. Start taking people’s season tickets away and you’ll see a vast reduction in the problem.

  11. 3octaveFart says: Aug 27, 2011 8:59 AM

    I don’t think people are worried about stadium security.
    It’s after you leave and go outside…

  12. scudbot says: Aug 27, 2011 9:00 AM

    danielcp0303 says: “Never go into the black hole without protection.” Good advice, but last week’s two-shootings-plus-a-bathroom-beatdown trifecta occurred at Candlestick.

  13. gdeli says: Aug 27, 2011 9:12 AM

    give them your i.d. and scanner knows how many drinks that i.d. has had. drunk fans aren’t allowed in. spend more $ on more police patrols.

  14. Topher says: Aug 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    Sarcasm.

    It is encouraging to know that the stadium has gone from people assaulting police officers to people assaulting each other.

    I feel safer already.

  15. axespray says: Aug 27, 2011 9:18 AM

    buffordtjustice says:Aug 27, 2011 7:39 AM
    “I am not an eagles fan. Having said that, most ppl would expect that from them due to the rep they have. I know they used to have a jail cell under the Vet. So, I cant believe I am saying this but, I am going to give the Eagles fans props for not shooting ppl. Yeah the did boo Santa and Mike Schmidt (ok thats Phillies). I think Philly fans are just very passionate, not nearly as violent as Bay area fans. I live in SJersey all my friends are Eagles fans, and they are decent ppl. I have been to Vet and Linc in Cowboys gear and know one has ever touched me. Tons of name calling, but thats to be expected.”

    did you pour some voodoo salt around your car/truck to keep eagle fans from trashing your vehicle or something?

  16. gabe77 says: Aug 27, 2011 9:29 AM

    First thought about this was that if it was here in Philly, we’d be getting killed in the national news. Sure enough, idiots posting about Santa and Philly’s fans reputation. Time to update the “fan violence” file and put these west coast knuckleheads at the top of the list. Don’t forget, there’s still a SF Giants fan in the hospital after getting beaten into a coma on baseball’s opening day. By the way, he’s an EMT, a guy who puts his neck out there to help others.

  17. opie333 says: Aug 27, 2011 9:47 AM

    LOL!

  18. db105 says: Aug 27, 2011 9:57 AM

    Inexpensive preseason tickets = lowlifes/non fans attending event.

  19. citizenstrange says: Aug 27, 2011 9:58 AM

    Being happy about not seeing an assault on a police officer is setting the bar pretty low,
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well, at least they didn’t give their fans team blankets infested with smallpox.

  20. Matt says: Aug 27, 2011 10:01 AM

    As a lifelong Raiders fan, and an attendee of many prominent games, it shames me to see these events consistently take place. They have taken place over decades, despite moving to Los Angeles, and then moving back, and have defined the culture of California sports.

    The sad part is that the hooligans are a small minority, causing you Bill Plaschke’s of the world to stereotype us, racially profile us, and just assume all Raider fans are “that way”. It ruins the game for us, the ninety nine percent of fans that just want to watch a game. I’ve gone to Raiders games ever since I was 4 years old. I know many friends who started at the same age. We love our team and we want to watch them play, just like every other fanbase in the league.

  21. raider23mike says: Aug 27, 2011 10:02 AM

    I was there for the Denver game in 2008, and we did see alot of tension outside the parking lots, Once we Raiders fans knew we were going to lose, the best way to leave the stadium, was to pick a fight and end our frustration.. Just about anyone with a Broncos Jersey was picked on as a target. Even Raiders fans were fighting each other..

    one in particular(2 seats next to me) was drunk and wanted to pick a fight with the guy on the row below because they both had different feeling for Al Davis.

    IT WAS CRAZY!!

  22. opie333 says: Aug 27, 2011 10:03 AM

    joetoronto says: Aug 27, 2011 7:59 AM

    Here’s an idea, don’t allow guns into the stadium, ANY stadium.

    No guns equals no one getting shot, it’s not that hard to figure out.

    You can not legally carry a hand gun in the Bay area much less the stadium! That doesn’t mean criminals are going to abide by the law! Its amazing that the state with the strongest gun laws has a shooting in there stadium!

  23. tommytd says: Aug 27, 2011 10:03 AM

    Hey Miller, tell that to the guys in the hospital!

  24. tommytd says: Aug 27, 2011 10:04 AM

    Glad the NFL is making the “stadium experience” so enjoyable. I’ll enjoy my flatscreen…thanks anyway!

  25. raider23mike says: Aug 27, 2011 10:07 AM

    Best way to cure the fighting is for the Organization to start winning..

    which I believe is the main reason why there weren’t many fights in the last Denver game in Oakland.

    You can also take into perspective that not many Denver fans were in attendance. Making the trip to Oakland after what they saw in Den a few weeks before(59pts) was kinda risky for their pocket

  26. laeaglefan says: Aug 27, 2011 10:43 AM

    I believe that anyone who creates a disturbance at a public sporting event should have the book thrown at them. These hooligans do not have the right to violate the civil rights of other fans who have paid good money to enjoy the game. If people can’t behave themselves in a civilized manner they should stay home. Perhaps a mandatory 30 day jail sentence for disturbing the peace (more if an assault is involved) would help stop this nonsense.

  27. sdw2001 says: Aug 27, 2011 10:58 AM

    Cue the “Philly is worse” comments….

  28. simplesimon1 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:04 AM

    “Head of NFL security vows Bay Area stadiums will be safe”

    I think the title should have finished with “As he stood behind 2 inch thick bullet proof glass”.

    He also said to stay safe it is highly recommended never to wear any teams jersey or colors aside from the home team. Also, don’t make eye contact, talk to anybody in the washroom or act afraid. Just like wild animals, they sense fear, travel in packs and like to show their instinctual dominance.

    Do these things and you may just have a hospital free experience to either of the wonderful Bay Area stadiums. If you don’t then it’s probably your own fault!!! LOL

  29. bobbyhoying says: Aug 27, 2011 11:07 AM

    I’m a die-hard Eagles fan. Grew up in Philly but living in Georgia. Dare I say the liberal cities like Philly and SF seem to have the most problems? I would never be afraid in Dallas at a Cowboys game. You can hate their team and call them hicks but the people are civilized. Same thing in Jacksonville. The big liberal cities have abolished God and it shows.

  30. FinFan68 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:17 AM

    These hooligans think they are tough guys. They like to intimidate. If you think it’s OK to take out your frustrations by destroying another’s property or assaulting someone then you are a degenerate. It’s a shame the police/security guys can’t just crack some skulls when this violence starts.

  31. raiderrob21 says: Aug 27, 2011 11:24 AM

    Looks like some of you are real brave behind a computer screen typing away sipping on your latte. Heres an idea, come outto the Black Hole and instead of typing it, tell everyone to their face how you feel. I guarantee you wont last long. Easy to spew your nonscense behind a computer screen.
    RAIDER NATION!
    PLAYOFFS!

  32. 123makarov says: Aug 27, 2011 11:51 AM

    They should just shut off cell phone service in areas around the stadiums. That will certainly improve public safety, just like it did on BART trains and in stations.

  33. tombrookshire says: Aug 27, 2011 11:52 AM

    Will be? Meaning that he was lax and not doing his job when three attempted murders took place? I feel much better!

  34. ndnut says: Aug 27, 2011 12:01 PM

    @raiderrob21
    This still doesn’t justify the acts committed by both sides. Rather it increases reason to hate you guys behind the screen and out in the real world.
    Think before you post!

  35. JSpicoli says: Aug 27, 2011 12:04 PM

    Because there is no fan violence in other stadiums. The filth tends to gather in the blue states and cities, whoever said that was spot on. Can you see this happening in Dallas?

    All of you out of state Einsteins need to look up some geography.

    It happened in SF, Brian Stowe happened in LA. Get a mileage chart.

  36. radrntn says: Aug 27, 2011 1:00 PM

    gimme a break…this guy is full of crap. I was at that game and didn’t see anything like that. Really nothing has changed at raiders games from 2008 to 2011. Just seems like this guy is a self promoter who is trying to suggest he has made changes since he has been hired. Get your boots out, this guy should get into politics, seems as he has what it takes.
    And once again isn’t it funny how it is the SF chronicle who is reporting. The same paper that says it was raiders fans fighting raider fans and shooting each other. Then you go on you “You Tube” and all you see is a bunch of niner fans going crazy. Next up will be Nancy Gay, and Tim Kawakami with some raider hate as well.

  37. radrntn says: Aug 27, 2011 1:07 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Aug 27, 2011 12:04 PM
    Because there is no fan violence in other stadiums. The filth tends to gather in the blue states and cities, whoever said that was spot on. Can you see this happening in Dallas?
    ____________________________

    yep your right, all i can can see in that part of the woods is guys driving around u haul trucks and blowing up buildings, people creating their own militia and getting whacked in waco, and presidents of the united states getting assassinated……thank god for the red..seems like that bong you been hitting really did cause you brain damage spicoli…and for you “Thats Awesome!”

  38. pftareraiderhaters says: Aug 27, 2011 1:14 PM

    another positive post about the raiders…thanks MDS.

  39. hobartbaker says: Aug 27, 2011 1:43 PM

    The black hole ends up being in the middle of your forehead.

  40. Ratpee1 says: Aug 27, 2011 1:55 PM

    Fact:

    The San Francisco Clay Area is the Effeminate Male Capital of the world.

    The Women rule over the sissified Males.

    The result?

    Look at the state of California.

    Gangs ran rampant and control the masses.

    The economy is dying.

    Over abundance of leeches.

    Buisnesses are leaving in droves.

    There’s your answer.

    Texas?

    The Males rule(as they should)

    See the difference in the two?

    Strong economy in economical hard ship times.

    Buisness’s are moving to the state in droves.

    Leeches are discouraged.

    No mater what your stupid and ignorant answers will be, these stadium incidents in the Clay Area, would never happen at Cowboys Stadium.

    Never.

  41. opie333 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:01 PM

    May be they could move the Raiders To Mexico. I think a lot of fans wouldn’t really mind it. I think it would be great to have a team down there.

  42. meeky1985 says: Aug 27, 2011 2:16 PM

    It’s sad to say being a Raider fan but it gets rough at that stadium.. you have to come deep.. Bay Area 707 for life

  43. nyyankeedave says: Aug 27, 2011 5:59 PM

    To those ripping the Bay Area, and California in general, it’s warrented. But be honest, you want to live there, but you just can’t afford it! And the reason this doesn’t happen at Cowboys stadium? 80% of the fans are bandwagon! Just like ALL Cowgirls fans, they’ve left the stadium by the middle of the 4th quarter, after Romo’s 3rd int.

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