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Beating of Vikings fan may cost 49ers fans booze after halftime


At least two Santa Clara city council members are considering a proposal that would ban the sale of alcoholic beverages at Levi’s Stadium after halftime in the wake of a beating of Minnesota Vikings fan following a San Francisco 49ers victory last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Video of the attack went viral that showed several 49ers fans punching and kicking a Vikings fan in the parking lot after the game. While it is believed that the Vikings fan’s behavior may have helped precipitate the attack, Councilwoman Lisa Gillmor stressed that officials “really need to send a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Time reportedly has been set aside during Tuesday’s council meeting to discuss “possible actions to address health and safety issues at the stadium.” Other options apparently will be looked at as well, including an increased police presence during and after games.

NFL stadiums typically halt liquor sales at the conclusion of the third quarter, meaning any post-halftime ban would only add an additional quarter to the prohibition on sales.

Councilwoman Teresa O’Neill did acknowledge that significant revenues are generated by the sale of booze at 49ers games, but “if people have an hour and a half (without alcohol) maybe they will cool down a bit.”

Three men and a 17-year-old girl were arrested in relation to the incident in which the Vikings fan suffered no serious injuries.

Any person who has attended a sporting event in recent years is all too aware of the profane, boorish and sometimes violent behavior of some fans, most of which probably are influenced by the over-consumption of alcohol. And while a few bad apples can spoil the bunch, as the saying goes, it arguably isn’t fair to punish thousands and thousands of fans who consume alcohol responsibly simply from the troglodytic and reprehensible acts of a select few.

That being said, the kind of behavior that is deemed acceptable at a typical NFL game needs to change. How to best effectuate that change is of course the difficult task.