SACRAMENTO -- A bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown will require major league sports stadiums in California to have clearly posted the numbers fans can use to phone or text-message stadium security, both inside and outside the venues.
Assembly Bill 2464, the Improving Personal Safety at Stadiums Act, was authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles).
contact information numbers for stadium security are often announced over the at the beginning of the game, but many fans don't remember these numbers as the game or other event goes on, Gatto said. Posting these signs, he said, will enable incidents to be resolved more quickly, potentially preventing some serious injuries.
Fan violence at sporting events have made national headlines in recent years, the latest involving a Raiders fan shot in the face by an Arizona Cardinals fan outside a preseason game between the two teams near Phoenix on Aug. 17. Other incidents include the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at a Los Angeles Dodgers game on March 31, 2011, and an incident at a 49ers-Raiders preseason game five months later in which one 49ers fan was beaten and his friend shot four times outside Candlestick Park.