Blue Jays may end $2 seat promotion after fan incidents at games
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are considering scrapping a promotion that offers fans upper deck tickets for $2 after several brawls broke out in the stands during a game Tuesday night.
Team president Paul Godfrey said Wednesday that no alcohol will be sold in the upper deck for the three remaining $2 games this season, May 6 against Tampa Bay, May 20 against the Angels, and June 10 against Seattle.
The Blue Jays will also increase security in the stands and pat down some fans in a bid to prevent the smuggling of hard liquor and beer into the stadium.
Nearly 100 fans were ejected from Rogers Centre in both the April 4 home opener against Boston and Tuesday's game against Oakland, mostly for "alcohol-related" incidents, Godfrey said.
A man and a woman, both shirtless, ran onto the field in the ninth inning of the home opener.
"It's really unfortunate some fans feel like it's a night club here," Godfrey said. "The few can always ruin it for the majority."
Godfrey said he would consider scrapping the $2 promotion in future seasons if the disturbances continue.
"We're not going to tolerate that kind of behavior," Godfrey said. "You don't associate that with Toronto and you don't associate that with this ball park. It's not going to continue.
"If it continues to cause our fans who are interested in baseball a disturbance or a certain enjoyment of the game, then I'll seriously consider scrapping the $2 program entirely," he said. "It's unfortunate because it's a good way to attract people, but we're not going to tolerate that."
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