Crackdown at Candlestick–Raider Rivalry on Hold

John Cote et al., San Francisco Chronicle, August 23, 2011

The San Francisco 49ers said Monday that they want a halt to the team’s annual preseason matchup against the Oakland Raiders after a violence-marred exhibition game at Candlestick Park in which two fans were shot, one was beaten into unconsciousness, 12 were arrested and dozens more ejected.

The team reacted to Saturday night’s alcohol-fueled mayhem by cutting the hours the stadium parking lot will be open before games, eliminating tailgating altogether after the kickoff and promising to punish season-ticket holders who sell their seats to troublemakers. Police said they would set up drunken-driving checkpoints around Candlestick and vigorously enforce laws against open alcohol containers on city streets.

“The degenerate behavior that happened on Saturday is not going to be tolerated,” Jed York, the 49ers’ president and chief executive officer, said at a news conference. {snip}

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“There is a small segment of both teams’ fans that when they get together, it is not a good environment,” York said afterward. “You see this in a preseason game where a lot of the people aren’t even fans. One of the clips on YouTube was a guy in a Niners jersey and a guy in a Raiders jersey beating up a guy in a Niners jersey. It was just people who aren’t football fans who were here fighting.”

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Police Chief Greg Suhr said the department had dispatched 40 percent more officers to the Raiders contest than are on hand for a regular-season game, even though the crowd was only two-thirds the normal size. He declined to give exact totals.

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There were 90 calls for medical service, compared with the normal seven to 10, Suhr said. The arrest total of 12 was about 10 more than average.

All three of the most seriously injured victims of Saturday’s violence were in fair condition Monday. The victims–a 26-year-old San Rafael man who was beaten unconscious in a men’s restroom, a 25-year-old man who was shot several times in the abdomen after the game in the parking lot and another man shot in the leg in the parking lot during the game–are being treated at San Francisco General Hospital.

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Some of the incidents handled by San Francisco police at Saturday night’s game at Candlestick Park between the 49ers and Raiders:

6:10 p.m.: Officers responded to a fight in lower-deck Section 13 involving two suspected gang members. One man was arrested on suspicion of battery after allegedly punching a bystander who tried to break up the fight.

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8 p.m.: Officers responding to reports of a man with a gun in the RV section of the stadium parking lot found a man who had been shot in the leg and grazed in the face by bullets. He was taken to San Francisco General, where he was in fair condition. No one has been arrested.

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9 p.m.: A man with several gunshot wounds to his torso appeared at Gate A of the parking lot. He told officers that he had driven his car for several minutes after being shot before stopping for help. He was taken to San Francisco General, where he was in fair condition Monday. No one has been arrested.

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  • Anonymous

    I am from Northern California. The “Raider Nation” includes many thuggish types of all races, from the greater region. It is not necessarily a reflection of the blacks who live in Oakland. Also, in recent years thugs have started staking claims as 49er fans, though the Raider Nation is worse in that regard. Thus, while I certainly agree that blacks are prone to violence, I can’t pass judgment in this case, not knowing the facts. It could be that Hispanics and even some whites were involved.

  • Up to my neck in CA.

    I was at this game, let’s just say there is Ghetto Thugs on both sides of the Bay. Being a Raiders fan (we are not all thugs) I didn’t trash talk or cause trouble, especially at another teams field. One of the morons that was shot was wearing an “eff the Niners” t-shirt. There was violence at an East Coast game too, it’s everywhere now.

  • Tim Mc Hugh

    “Promising to punish season ticket holders who sell their seats to troublemakers” Hmmm Good luck with that. It reminds me of a scene in the Steve Martin/Debra Winger movie “Leap of Faith” whre he is a cynical religous preacher con man. The local Sheriff refuses to grant him a permit knowing he will bilk the desperate unemployed people of the county. He calls it looking out for the town. Steve Martin tells him, “No, It`s called restricting free trade and I got a room full of New York lawyers just waiting for me to dial 212..” Sounds like the same case here…

  • Jim

    This will be another example of “talking about the problem” without really talking about it. The problem will be framed in terms of “rowdy” fans spending too much time tailgating before the game. Thus, one of the “solutions” will be to open the parking lots later, which will only make a bad traffic problem far worse. As a person who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over four decades, and who is familiar with this problem, I can tell you what the real problem is: Largely hispanic thugs with too little intelligence and too much beer in their bloated guts wearing their team colors as gang members wear theirs, and “representing” through conspicuous displays of machismo. This is the sadly predictable result of allowing unintelligent Mexicans to remain in this country having anchor babies. Most Americans simply will not face politically incorrect realities.

  • Bill R

    Any guesses as to the complexion or ethnicity of the troublesome crowd? You know. Sure you do. But also know that team colors are often GANG colors for hispanic gangs, in addition. Especially in California. So you have probably two dynamics going on here. Lots of blacks from Oakland, and lots of couldn’t-care-less-about-the-forty niners hispanics there just wearing their Shirts as Gang Colors.

  • SF Paul

    Every video shown on the local news clearly shows that all participants were latino. That pretty well answers the question of why this violence happens in CA. Having attended both Raider and 49er games it is odd that this happened in SF. Most fans at Candlestick Park are white and more interested in eating their picnic lunches and drinking wine or lattes, than watching the game. Raider games attract all races with no clear majority. The fans pay attention to the game, are drunker, louder and a whole lot more fun.

  • 30YrRaiderFan

    The Oakland Raiders are my team, through thick and thin. I’m white and and old lady. But the Raiders are my guys. Unfortunately, the Raider fans who go to the games get WAY out of hand; the silver and black face paint, the death’s heads, the extremely threatening costumes — I believe they need to stop these things. You can’t compare Raider regalia to a stupid cheesehead!! Raider fans are MUCH more violent than fans from other teams, because Oakland is a black city. Blacks are the most violent race. I’m not saying whites and Mexicans don’t get involved, because they do; but it’s mainly the blacks who cause the most serious trouble. I myself will not go to a Raider game, much as I love them. I stay at home, safe, in front of my TV. I suggest other whites do the same.

  • Question Diversity

    Several years ago, long before he wanted to become a partial owner of the St. Louis Rams, Rush Limbaugh had a rare fit of racial courage, by stating point blank that many NFL teams at the time were re-designing their uniforms and jerseys deliberately to have more gang colors, in order to sell official NFL merchandise among gang bangers (expensive and high margin merchandise, I might add.)

  • Lucas

    I don’t know if this is significant, but it seems that as the minority population grows, so grows violence.

    Wait.. maybe it’s because of “hard times” or poverty or perhaps it’s the white people’s fault. It couldn’t be about race or culture could it?

  • RJS

    While this issue does involve Raider fans, it is really about HISPANIC Raider fans — but nobody will state this on the sports talk radio.

    I have gone to MANY Raider and 49er games, and almost 100% of the fights over the years involve hispanics with shaved heads and tattoes that look like gang members.

    The 49ers also have a large contingent of hispanic fans that are very belligerent and will not hesitate to mix it up.

  • Anonymous

    I have never been too interested in professional sports, and when they became places where black worship was at the core, I became even less interested. I don’t think the idea of the original teams from one place or another matter much anymore – or for a long time. Its a big money thing, players are traded and imported as owners try to stack the deck on the other teams. Nations do it now for the Olympics taking the point of national identity from the games. The only people that could possibly be interested in such games are those who gamble on outcomes.

    Further, race realism would seem to make such frivolous fascinations with “Diversity” culture pointless and an indulgence in it, just as consuming Mexican food is supporting Hispanic intrusion into the country.

    Connect the dots. Don’t support anything that you know has to be against your existence.

  • Paleface 6

    You want to watch a game? Fine. Watch it on TV. $100 for tickets and the risk of getting beaten, stabbed, or shot is WAYYY too much.

    I am a 49ers season ticket holder, at least until this year. I always saw drunks in the stands wanting to fight, gangsta’s representin,’ and finally I asked myself why I was indirectly supporting the gang culture. There were a lot of decent people at those games, but the fouled that up, too.

  • Mel

    The President needs to put together a group of congressmen to travel to the Village of OAKLAND and to speak with the King of Oakland to iron out this problem.

  • Jeddermann.

    “But also know that team colors are often GANG colors for hispanic gangs, in addition.”

    Chicago White Sox and Oakland Raider colors are a gang symbol in Chi. For Mexican gangs as been stated.

    Seeing a Raider warm up jacket being worn when it is ninety degrees out side is a clear indication who that person is and what they are about.

  • Anonymous

    The Raider “fans” are mostly Hispanic and has been for years. The mexican gangs here all wear “Raider” colors and gear. Blacks live in Oakland. Oakland is now a ghetto.

    Back in the 70’s I used to watch football and had my favorite team. So did my kids. I quit watching when black players took over the game and brought their “culture” with them, just like they did in basketball. It has never been the same since.

    ANYWHERE blacks and hispanics go in large(even in a few) numbers, it is a given there will be violence. If anything, what few Whites were involved, it was to protect themselves from the nonwhite violence.

  • Anonymous

    6 — SF Paul wrote at 7:38 PM on August 24

    Raider games attract all races with no clear majority. The fans pay attention to the game, are drunker, louder and a whole lot more fun.

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    Huh? There is a CLEAR majority of Raider fans and that is hispanic and black! Didn’t used to be that way.

    As for your “drunker, louder and a whole lot more fun”, statement, I beg to differ. What is “fun” about those “fans” who are drunk, rowdy and violent? Your idea of fun leaves me cold.

  • Al

    Have lived in the Bay Area over 38 years, the last 31 years in Oakland.

    Blacks are down to 28% of the total here but 80% of the crime. The rest is largely Latino crime. Blacks are the worst by far as many Latinos actually work.

    Stay from sporting events. It’s subsidized stadium socialism for billionaire club owners, makes no sense economically.

    In SF Blacks are down to 5% but at least half the crime.

  • Veritas

    Raiders’ fans are merely a reflection of the team in general. Al Davis is sleazy, Oakland is sleazy, and it’s not a stretch to wonder how they appeal more to biker/thugs and not hairdressers in San Francisco. They’re also tied with the Bears for most penalties in consecutive seasons (4). They’ve had their moments of glory, but their fans are not a classy bunch.