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Security to be increased at Candlestick Park

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After Saturday’s game between the Saints at 49ers at Candlestick Park, complaints emerged regarding the treatment of fans rooting for the road team.

Though the concerns were dismissed by some as the natural byproduct of wearing the colors of and/or openly rooting for the enemy, the 49ers and the NFL plan to avoid a repeat occurrence.

Per ESPN.com, security will be increased, with additional cameras and undercover police officers to spot fans who are abusive to others.  Offenders can be kicked out of the stadium without warning.

Ideally, paying customers should be able to attend games and support either team, without fear of being physically or verbally threatened or abused.  And if the NFL wants to always stage its games before a stadium full of fans, in many cases seats that otherwise would be empty will be filled with folks who choose not to root, root, root for the home team.

If abusive behavior continues, that’ll be an even bigger shame than the home team not winning.

So, hopefully, any hard hits or other physical activities between the Giants and 49ers on Sunday will be confined to the field of play.

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  1. cliverush says: Jan 20, 2012 3:53 PM

    The Krafts use the Euro style camera system used in the stadiums for soccer. The results were immediate and numerous season ticket holders and other had their tickets pulled for life. It worked.

  2. slugdub says: Jan 20, 2012 3:54 PM

    Niner fans getting jacked up on Wine and imported cheese can get straight KAAAAZY!

  3. thewizardofbs says: Jan 20, 2012 3:55 PM

    Do what they do in Miami, home town fans don’t want to see such a bad team so they don’t go to the games anymore, the stadium is empty. Most of the fans that do go are for the visiting team

  4. jvibottomline says: Jan 20, 2012 4:01 PM

    Visting Fans come to Candlestick and always act like MORONS. If you are going to come into someone else’s building and start running your mouth you DESERVE what’s coming to you!

  5. ragingyinzer says: Jan 20, 2012 4:02 PM

    Reassured, John Steigerwald neatly folds his Mark Bavaro jersey and tucks it into his suitcase….

  6. jmphinsfan says: Jan 20, 2012 4:02 PM

    the real question is whether or not they be increasing the number of backup Generators.

  7. 49erstim says: Jan 20, 2012 4:03 PM

    Ive attended a couple of away games before. A couple of times at Arrowhead and a couple at Sun Devil Stadium and I must say that you’ll get “those fans” everywhere. the liquored up clowns that just want trouble. While in KC I saw 2 Chiefs fans come to blows, both of course had the liquid courage.

    Ive gotten into some friendly trash talk/banter with knowledgable fans and we’ve all laughed it off. Unfortunately the letter/report from this Saints fan, while probably 100% accurate, causes a bad image of all 9er fans at the Stick.

  8. nogoodell says: Jan 20, 2012 4:04 PM

    Gotta keep Oakland out

  9. gallaghedj311 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:05 PM

    Wow. Hard to believe. U mean other fan bases besides Philly partake in such behavior? Oh. Every fan base has idiots who act poorly? I would have sworn it was only the Eagles with fans like that. Humph. Who knew….

  10. gallaghedj311 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:05 PM

    Wow. Hard to believe. U mean other fan bases besides Philly partake in such behavior? Oh. Every fan base has idiots who act poorly? I would have sworn it was only the Eagles with fans like that. Humph. Who knew….

  11. phonymcringring says: Jan 20, 2012 4:08 PM

    It’s easy to forget how to act in the playoffs when your formerly respectable franchise hasn’t had a winning season or played a single playoff game in the 8 previous seasons.

  12. veence69 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:12 PM

    The type of loud, drunk, vulgar A-holes who take their team allegiances to such an extreme level are the reason I don’t go to games. I really hope than the NFL and it’s franchises continue to put their foot down on this wholly unnecessary behavior.

  13. bubba9er says: Jan 20, 2012 4:13 PM

    Do people understand that this is still, when it comes down to it, a GAME??!! If you, as a fan, are willing to come to physical violence with another fan for any reason because of a GAME, you have bigger issues than your team losing. I hope they arrest and prosecute any idiots that can’t figure that out. Pathetic.

  14. nineroutsider says: Jan 20, 2012 4:13 PM

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/san-francisco-49ers-fans-soft-compared-ny-giants-fans-bay-area-soft-compared-cold-york-city-article-1.1008943?localLinksEnabled=false

  15. sgtr0c says: Jan 20, 2012 4:16 PM

    I thought this stuff only happens in Philadelphia, did some of us get out?

  16. dasboat says: Jan 20, 2012 4:17 PM

    HA! If you think Candlestick fans were tough, you should have seen what it was like to go to The Vet during the Buddy Ryan years and root against Da Iggles.

  17. dvdman123 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:17 PM

    I’m sorry to say they are not the class of the NFL when it comes to fans. Oh well they may not be cheering too much on Sunday if the Giants have their way.

  18. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 20, 2012 4:18 PM

    The National Guard, Navy Seals, Army Rangers and Green Berets along with Air Force back up will be needed to secure CandleStick Slum Field.

    The organization is bussing in the whole 49er “fanbase” from Corcoran, Folsom, and San Quenten..

    The team wants to bring in all of their “fans” (gangs) to intimidate honest, and law abiding fans of the opponent

  19. willisaldon9952 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:18 PM

    @jvibottomline

    Visting Fans come to Candlestick and always act like MORONS. If you are going to come into someone else’s building and start running your mouth you DESERVE what’s coming to you!

    You are right about visiting fans acting like morons but not all of them act like that and some of them have kids. To make an argument that because they act like morons, doesn’t give you or anyone the right to get physical or verbal with them, the better thing to do, would be to get security involved, that would have a much more lasting affect than to act like a complete jack @ss back to them.

  20. tantrum4 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:19 PM

    Real smart jvibottomline. Gee I wonder why there’s increased security this weekend in SF if all fans are like you?? Sounds like it’s the SF fans that are the MORONS.

  21. turdfurgerson68 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:20 PM

    Memo to the NFL: Fix this growing problem ASAP or instead of shelling out megabucks to go to a game, the wise fans will but the latest 80 inch HDTV and enjoy the game from the comfort of their homes

    No more overpriced food and beverages. No obnoxious drunk morons to deal with. No lines to wait in. No traffic jams on the way home.

    Give me my couch, and the all-22 camera view…now!

  22. 49ersmang says: Jan 20, 2012 4:21 PM

    Slugdub and his fellow raiders fans think its still the 80’s at Candlestick. Wake up cuz, Our DC looks and acts like a Capo from the God Father, our defense sends people to IR every week, and if you like to run your mouth (Like every Eagles and Giants fan does) then you only have yourself to blame. stay classy people, it’s only a game. Go NINERS!

  23. seatownballers says: Jan 20, 2012 4:22 PM

    So please leave guns, knives, tasor’s, razor blades, and num-chucks at home.
    Thank you

  24. jjljr says: Jan 20, 2012 4:31 PM

    jvibottomline says: Jan 20, 2012 4:01 PM

    Visting Fans come to Candlestick and always act like MORONS. If you are going to come into someone else’s building and start running your mouth you DESERVE what’s coming to you!

    hey jvi — that’s a spectacularly imbecilic statement. any fan who buys a ticket has a right to root for whichever team they want. when out of town visitors come to see their team on the road, that’s a really-cool thing. if you talk to these people, you’ll probably find they’re generally ok — they just root for a different team. you might just learn something from these people, like how not to be a moron.

  25. mistersmith22 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:39 PM

    I was at the Saints/Niners game and tailgated for four hours prior…we mentioned a dozen times how well the Niners fans were behaving towards Saints fans…then on Monday the Chronicle ran that letter from the guy that whined about bad fans.

    So look, everything I saw on Saturday was great. But of course I didn’t see everything…so if this guy really had a problem, he could have gone to the usher that’s at the entrance to every section. He could have gone to one of the dozens of police that are on constant patrol throughout the Stick. He could have even gone and hid in the bathroom and pulled out his cell and texted to the Bad Fan number.

    But he didn’t do anything. He sat through it — because it almost certainly wasn’t as bad as the media is making it out to be. It wasn’t until the hangover and butthurt that comes with a season-ending upset loss set in that he felt he needed to write a letter.

  26. philwauke says: Jan 20, 2012 4:40 PM

    I’ve heard numerous saints fans say they would never go back after the way they were treated. They said all the cops were on the field and didn’t see any in the stands. Also, they have a number you can text to report things but they were also afraid to use it due to everyone would know who text.

  27. cliffordc05 says: Jan 20, 2012 4:41 PM

    I like the idea of using cameras to monitor fan behavior and banning individuals who are dangerous to others. I no longer attend NFL games unless I am able to sit in a private box. I like drinking as much as the next guy but sometimes the games are un-watchable from the stands because of the obnoxious drunks.

    The NFL is becoming more and more a sport for television. College football is a much more enjoyable experience at the stadium.

  28. fittytuckin says: Jan 20, 2012 4:42 PM

    I’ve snucked a gun into Reliant Stadium quite afew times.

  29. fallcoon says: Jan 20, 2012 4:44 PM

    I have been to niners games when my team comes to town and yeah they give you crap its all in fun . In fact there was a little kid sitting below me in one game who was very vocal and after awhile the niners fans were enjoying the kids spirit . It was cool. People just need to relax and take it for what it is . A Football Game!

  30. n0hopeleft says: Jan 20, 2012 4:48 PM

    49ersmang says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:21 PM
    Slugdub and his fellow raiders fans think its still the 80′s at Candlestick. Wake up cuz, Our DC looks and acts like a Capo from the God Father, our defense sends people to IR every week, and if you like to run your mouth (Like every Eagles and Giants fan does) then you only have yourself to blame. stay classy people, it’s only a game. Go NINERS!

    ___________________________________

    You just accused all Giants fans of talking slick, then did it yourself.

    Sounds like a guy who’s team has been irrelevant for quite some time to me. Tough guy in the upper deck who’s only tough with this red and gold around him. PLEASE.

  31. briscocountyjr says: Jan 20, 2012 4:53 PM

    Have fun in the ‘red-attired’ pack of criminals to see the game!!

    Maybe there’s an opportunity for the National Guard to get in on the action!

  32. nocalsteve says: Jan 20, 2012 4:53 PM

    Said it before on here and I’ll say it again. I’m a 9er fan, and I’ve been to numerous stadiums around the league. I’ve never been treated like some of the visiting fans I’ve seen at Candlestick. 2 incidents that stand out: I saw a guy’s teenage adolescent daughter getting verbally accosted, and a guy in a wheelchair gets beer poured on him. It’s embarrassing. I’m afraid our reputation is overcoming Philly’s.

  33. azpackerbacker says: Jan 20, 2012 5:01 PM

    Wait just a minute, I thought San Francisco was this liberal utopia where everyone loves everyone and prides itself on being diverse and tolerant towards everyone. How could such a scenario happen in a paradise like that?

  34. 97tahoe says: Jan 20, 2012 5:01 PM

    Ideally, paying customers should be able to attend games and support either team, without fear of being physically or verbally threatened or abused. And if the NFL wants to always stage its games before a stadium full of fans, in many cases seats that otherwise would be empty will be filled with folks who choose not to root, root, root for the home team.

    Ever been in Philadelpia wearing the visiting teams colors? I have, won’t make that mistake again…ABSOLUTLY BRUTAL!!!

  35. gregintheER says: Jan 20, 2012 5:07 PM

    That’s what happens when you put all those pompous, arrogant, derelict, gangsta wannabes together.

    And now give them a false sense of entitlement with one playoff win and they think they’re invincible. Over/Under on sh**tings in the bathrooms: 4

    What an armpit of a “fan”base.

  36. mikedrake00 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:11 PM

    @thewizardofbs that doesn’t make much sense. To be like Miami fans and don’t go to games, because of product on field. It makes sense for Miami with their record. Niners are 1 game away from the SB! I’m sure some Niner fans are going to be like “guys I feel bad for the opposing team fans, let’s boycott games and it will be classic with Candlestick empty for the NFC championship!” “That will show them!”

  37. citynative says: Jan 20, 2012 5:12 PM

    Wow. Hard to believe. U mean other fan bases besides Philly partake in such behavior? Oh. Every fan base has idiots who act poorly? I would have sworn it was only the Eagles with fans like that. Humph. Who knew….

    – – – – – – –

    Sometimes PFT will run articles about fans. It reminds us that all fan bases have good people and bad. Then, like clockwork, in response, you will always have a Philly fan post the “poor me” comment like the one above. Everytime they do it, it reminds us that Philly fans are the worst.

    Go Niners!

  38. albigverg says: Jan 20, 2012 5:17 PM

    Finally the hooligan Niner fans get the national rep they deserve.. Most of these idiots are bandwagon fans that only started coming out since the team has been winning.. I wanna bring up that preseason game vs the Raiders.. When that news broke the media and sports columnist were hinting the old “Well these are Raider fans, what do you expect” stories. Not reporting the facts that in most cases the niner fans were the aggressors. Ive been to a couple of battle of the bay games. But this years was especially violent.. 5 or so years ago in a regular season game between Niners and Raiders I attended, as we were walking to the stadium from an outside lot we were Stopped at a chainlink fence entrance. Some drunk Niner fan mob would not allow Raider Fans through the gate. We saw other people not even consider walking through, that was not going to stop my entourage that consisted of cousins and uncles raider and niner fans mixed.. Lets just say my family is no strangers to the streets and gang banging.. when they saw us approaching and determined we were not going to stop they very wisely moved to the side.. The trash talk did not stop though but my uncles and everyone were trying to have a good time so they ignored the taunting. I can easily see how these kind of people intimidate others. At Raider games the taunting is fierce but mostly done in good nature. And visiting fans mostly respect The Mac.. I guess niner fans are trying to gain some of that respect.. Its not wine and cheese its Malt liquor and carne asada.. haha

  39. ninerknucklehead says: Jan 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    I’m from HAWAII and when we watch UH games the other team gets it from us. Dats what u call ALOHA sprit. It’s all in fun.

  40. 49ersmang says: Jan 20, 2012 5:28 PM

    49ersmang says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:21 PM
    Slugdub and his fellow raiders fans think its still the 80′s at Candlestick. Wake up cuz, Our DC looks and acts like a Capo from the God Father, our defense sends people to IR every week, and if you like to run your mouth (Like every Eagles and Giants fan does) then you only have yourself to blame. stay classy people, it’s only a game. Go NINERS!

    ___________________________________

    You just accused all Giants fans of talking slick, then did it yourself.

    Sounds like a guy who’s team has been irrelevant for quite some time to me. Tough guy in the upper deck who’s only tough with this red and gold around him. PLEASE.

    Dude, you’re as delusional as Rolle and Fatboy Jacobs. The Niners beat your Giants once and they’ll beat them again!!!!

  41. judsonjr says: Jan 20, 2012 5:31 PM

    Well what do you expect when you have a dumpy stadium in a dumpy part of town, and it’s a pain to get to.

    Seriously it is the location. The fans used to be the same way when the SF Giants played there, and magically when they moved to the city the amount of tools and dbags decreased immensely.

  42. mistersmith22 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:38 PM

    philwauke says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:40 PM
    I’ve heard numerous saints fans say they would never go back after the way they were treated. They said all the cops were on the field and didn’t see any in the stands. Also, they have a number you can text to report things but they were also afraid to use it due to everyone would know who text.

    ———————-

    Well, you’ve “heard” from liars. I’m at about 5-6 Niners home games a year, as I said above there are ALWAYS cops patrolling the stands, ALWAYS. They come from the concourse out the tunnel to the aisle, talk to the usher to see if they noticed and problems, stand around for a few, then rotate to the next section. A fresh cop pops in every few minutes.

    And there’s no way the “bad fan” reports can get the reporter in trouble — first, it’s a TEXT MESSAGE. It comes in anonymously, it’s not like they’re looking up your phone number, and if they did, they wouldn’t have a name associated with a seat anyway. And, I know first-hand the bad fan reports are anonymous because I was prank bad-fanned by my friends once. Security came to toss me based on what the text said and despite my protestations couldn’t tell me who made a report. It took a section full of people explaining it was a joke to keep them from chucking me (good times!).

    So, “you’ve heard” some bad information.

  43. upperdecker19 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:38 PM

    Just print up tickets for non existant seats for visiting fans. Then lock them in a cage for the entire game. Problem solved.

    Sincerely,
    Jerry Jones

  44. IMG says: Jan 20, 2012 5:42 PM

    Niners fans be loud and proud and heckle away.
    The minority that does dumb things and are physically abusive – you’ll get what you deserve

  45. steviaquinn says: Jan 20, 2012 5:43 PM

    Most niner fans are fine. The problem is MS-13 has declared Candlestick as their Territory. Its not about the game for them , its about causing trouble.

  46. ham1 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:50 PM

    Prolly some egirl fans that got some 9er jerseys
    to see how it feels to have a legitimate shot at at superbowl.

    Got depressed and started to bring the home show on the road.

    You can take the egirl out of filthydelphia but you cant take the filtiltyhdelphia out of the egirl

  47. t8ertot says: Jan 20, 2012 5:55 PM

    I thought the gay community was a friendly one. What happened San Fran?

  48. buddyrydell says: Jan 20, 2012 6:08 PM

    it’s not Raider or Niner fans… it’s the Bay Area.

  49. 3ghostninja says: Jan 20, 2012 6:22 PM

    This shouldn’t be an issue, but perhaps they’ve made some improvements to the power and lighting system since the Pittsburgh game?

  50. jjwalkerisdynomite says: Jan 20, 2012 6:43 PM

    I think most stadiums have a text line for people to report abusive/obnoxious behavior. At least that’s how it was at the Kingdome.

  51. tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:22 PM

    nogoodell says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:04 PM
    Gotta keep Oakland out

    ===========

    Can’t. Raider Nation is every where, i’ve seen them at numerous visiting stadiums….even in small numbers they somehow get toward the field.

  52. tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:24 PM

    phonymcringring says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:08 PM
    It’s easy to forget how to act in the playoffs when your formerly respectable franchise hasn’t had a winning season or played a single playoff game in the 8 previous seasons.
    ============================

    It’s even easier to remember the Patriots were absolute hot garbage before 2001. You remember when Victor Kiam owned the team?

    But don’t worry, a memory check is coming this weekend, and the following week in the Super Bowl.

  53. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:25 PM

    Gotta love liberals. They treat trees and illegals better than they treat a dude just trying to watch the game with his daughter because he likes a different team

  54. tatum064 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:29 PM

    jjljr says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:31 PM
    jvibottomline says: Jan 20, 2012 4:01 PM

    Visting Fans come to Candlestick and always act like MORONS. If you are going to come into someone else’s building and start running your mouth you DESERVE what’s coming to you!

    hey jvi — that’s a spectacularly imbecilic statement. any fan who buys a ticket has a right to root for whichever team they want. when out of town visitors come to see their team on the road, that’s a really-cool thing. if you talk to these people, you’ll probably find they’re generally ok — they just root for a different team. you might just learn something from these people, like how not to be a moron.

    ================

    Its an extension of the war-crazed society we’ve become. Perfectly natural tribalism and “liquid courage” fueled mayhem on a Sunday.

    Its class-warfare and vicariously living through the fortunes of teams. This is how society is mobilized for war propaganda, so naturally a violent outcome will result in some cases.

  55. gcsuk says: Jan 20, 2012 8:31 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Jan 20, 2012 4:13 PM

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/san-francisco-49ers-fans-soft-compared-ny-giants-fans-bay-area-soft-compared-cold-york-city-article-1.1008943?localLinksEnabled=false

    ———————————————————
    Come on. Can you really take a guy who spells his name “Filip” seriously? that article HAD to be a joke! I mean, FILIP?!?!?!

  56. briank1ne says: Jan 20, 2012 8:59 PM

    Security will be increased because someone was called a poopie head. Get real. Its the playoffs and fans get crazy. Try going to lincoln financial field. U cant even take one of your kids there.

  57. fittytuckin says: Jan 20, 2012 9:06 PM

    @dlmcc1010

    Gotta love conservatives, they condone geneva convention violations.

  58. marcsasharc says: Jan 20, 2012 9:52 PM

    lol @ California haters and 9er haters. jealousy isnt a good look. quit whining about how awesome 9er fans are, panzies!

  59. fumblenuts says: Jan 20, 2012 10:12 PM

    Friggin’ AIDS infested gang city anyway…

  60. domeinate says: Jan 20, 2012 11:24 PM

    I really fear for people’s lives if the Niners lose. From all the commentary that I have read, these fans are out of control. Is the NFL or the Roman Coliseum???

  61. anigodda says: Jan 21, 2012 12:15 AM

    Good point on using the European camera systems and methods. What they also do there is segregate fans from the opposing team into their own section. This not only protects them from abuse but also allows them to have camraderie with each other. For high risk games with rival teams, extra security is deployed. This had to happen after decades of violence resulting in very high profile incidents that make the Pacers-Pistons brawl or the Bryan Stow beating look like a tea party. Such as 39 people dying before the 1985 European Cup final. I don’t know that it has gotten that bad in the NFL but it is something to consider for certain games.

  62. golfore says: Jan 21, 2012 12:59 AM

    It’s about time that dump called Candlestick and their idiot fans are being called out. Don’t take your kids there if you are a fan of the other team, it’s not a pleasant experience.

  63. goawayeverybody says: Jan 21, 2012 3:05 AM

    You have to love the people who are posting comments here who actually have no idea what was actually going on.

    Why don’t you read the letter to the editor in the Chronicle before running your mouth about what you believe occurred. What happened was totally appalling and totally unprovoked. I know, I was there. It was horrible.

  64. briscocountyjr says: Jan 21, 2012 4:13 AM

    if you think about it, it’s brilliant really. That’s why the niners are deep in the playoffs. They encourage their fans to get retarded patriotic on steroids which prevents normal citizens and other fans to go to the games– which makes certain home-field advantage.

    …even raider fans will abort the game.

  65. hebertespinosa says: Jan 21, 2012 7:22 AM

    And some even say that we, Giants fans, are the ones who should be kept in a cage. What a shame. Good luck to both teams. Behave well and respect one another, football fans. Go Giants!

  66. bearsoxass says: Jan 21, 2012 7:49 AM

    Stupid team, stupid fans…..

  67. cleverbob says: Jan 21, 2012 9:28 AM

    Stay classy, SF.

  68. 49erlifer says: Jan 21, 2012 12:21 PM

    We must protect this house!

  69. 49erlifer says: Jan 21, 2012 12:27 PM

    Most niner fans are fine. The problem is MS-13 has declared Candlestick as their Territory. Its not about the game for them , its about causing trouble.

    MS-13 at a niners game? Nortenos is what you meant.

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