City Council debates plan to restrict alcohol sales at 49er games

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KTVU) -- The Santa Clara City Council met Tuesday night to debate whether limiting alcohol sales at Levi’s Stadium will help keep fans safe.  
 
Super Bowl 50 is now 137 days away and host Levi’s Stadium may be getting a bad rap after video showing three 49er fans beating up a Vikings fan went viral.
 
It happened in the parking lot of Levi’s Stadium after the Niners home opener. Earlier Tuesday, the 49er fans were charged in the assault.
 
Some city council members are looking to get ahead of the bad behavior in time for the Super Bowl by restricting booze. Up for debate is banning alcohol sales after halftime, limiting tailgating hours or not allowing intoxicated fans to enter the stadium.
 
“I think it's totally unacceptable behavior. We are having one of St. Francis’s followers here in the country this week,” said Santa Clara City Councilwoman Teresa O’Neill. “They tried to teach a different way of life. I don't like people seeing beating up on each other and I don't think that kind of alcohol use is healthy.”
 
The Santa Clara Police Chief said officers make roughly 25 arrests per game and the majority of them involve intoxicated fans. He feels strongly that cutting alcohol isn't the answer but enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy.
Council member Dominic Caserta agrees.
 
“Some of my colleagues are just carnival barking and trying to get media attention, which they are doing quite successfully,” said Caserta.
 
Caserta said the three 49er fans were arrested within 48 hours. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged them with felony assault. The 35-year-old victim suffered a concussion.
 
“This represents less than one half of one percent people that visit the stadium. I’m not prepared to take a knee-jerk reaction out of one isolated incident,” said Caserta.
 
No decisions were made Tuesday night. The city council must first consult with the city attorney. As for the 49ers, they had nothing to share about this topic at this time.
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