Monday, April 1, 2013

Two Years After The Bryan Stow Attack

Below is an excerpt from a blog post from the Fans Against Violence Website, examining the progress that has been made in creating safer stadiums in the aftermath of Bryan Stow's brutal beating.  You can read the article in it's entirety at the FAV website
Dodger fans, and the national media, rallied to support Bryan Stow in the days following his attack.
The photo above is from a vigil outside his hospital room
(Mariah Tauger/Los Angeles Times - April 9, 2011)

Two Year Anniversary of the Attack on Giants Fan Bryan Stow – Can Good Come From Such a Horrible Incident?

March 31, 2013 by John Doublin of Fans Against Violence

Two years ago today the sports community was forever changed when San Francisco Giants’ fan, Bryan Stow, nearly paid the ultimate price for his team loyalty. He traveled the 300 miles to cheer for his beloved Giants at the home of their rival, and was beaten almost to death in the parking lot of a Los Angeles Dodgers’ home game leaving him with severe brain injury.

This incident brought the issue of fan violence to the forefront, prompting the creation of
Bryan Stow and Family

...Since that day, Mr. Stow has been slowly recovering from his injuries, though a full recovery is not likely, as his injuries were numerous and severe. Mr. Stow’s family has since started a website, which updates well-wishers and fans of his current condition, along with improvements and changes in his condition.

So, what does all of this mean? What should we take away from this tragic and senseless act of violence? Is there a “silver lining?..”

...One way to look at the result of this terrible incident is that the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and the NCAA have all taken steps to protect fans in the stands. There are emergency security text code numbers fans can use to report fights and disturbances, stadiums have increased security and, most importantly, most fans are no longer tolerant of people such as those men who attacked Mr. Stow. Decent people in stadiums all across the country, and the world, are reporting violence in the stands more readily.

This incident also prompted California legislation, the Improving Personal Safety at Stadiums Act, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) which requires all professional sports venues in California to have a Security Text Code program in place.  That, in and of itself, should be counted as a minor victory.

It’s sad that it took the near death of a fan to bring this problem to the forefront of conversation, but as Mr. Stow and his family attempt to heal and return to some sense of a normal life, they can take solace in the fact that, although it came in the wake of such a horrific event in their lives, the likelihood of this happening to someone else in the future is greatly diminished due to his story...

You can read this entire article and more at the Fans Against Violence website

Mike Gatto is the chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Assembly. He represents Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada-Flintridge, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, and portions of the Hollywood Hills and East Hollywood.

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