The Arizona Republic
Oct. 12, 2007 09:51 AM
Diamondback officials are making security changes for tonight’s game after unruly fans threw trash on the field Thursday night.
At least 10 were ejected from Chase Field in the wake of the incident that forced the game to be delayed and Colorado Rockies players to leave the field, according to Diamondbacks officials.
Diamondback officials said four people were arrested for fighting in connection with the trash throwing.
Security officers will be positioned to keep a closer watch on fans as well as be more visible, Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said Friday morning.
However, no additional officers will be added to the second game of the National League Championship Series. “Our fans were showing a great deal of passion and emotion,” Hall said. “That goes with sports, but we made it clear that we don’t condone it.”
Umpires stopped the game between the Diamondbacks and the Rockies for about eight minutes after a call in the seventh inning upset members of the crowd, said Shaun Rachau, Vice President of Communications for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“It was an emotional moment,” Hall said. Fans were immediately warned that they would be ejected and possibly arrested when they began throwing water bottles, Hall said.
Alcohol sales were stopped and security was increased after the first object was thrown on the field, Hall said. Hall added that the Diamondback have never before had such an incident.