Dodger fans – as well as police – filled Elysian Park this morning in preparation for the stadium home opener at 1:10 PM. Police, who warned that they would crack down on public drinking and illegal parking, were outnumbered by the fans, some of whom brought along a DJ and flat screen TVs for the pre-game tail gate parties in Elysian Park outside the stadium gates. Motorcycle cops were ordering fans to move cars out of no-parking zones while those on bike rode through the crowds. The commotion included rival tuba players and portable sound systems. Some fans even trucked in portable generators on trailers. On nearby streets, fans carried ice chests as well as five-foot long submarine sandwiches to the park.
“They should declare this a holiday in L.A.,” said one Dodger fan as he spoke into a cell phone while preparing to walk to Elysian Park. “Everyone is here.”
* Update: Police arrested 132 people today during the Dodger home opener. The Eastsider