April 1, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – LA Galaxy News Release
LOS ANGELES – As the LA Galaxy and LAFC prepare for the fifth season of one of the most exciting new rivalries in MLS, both clubs remain committed to growing the sport and the culture of soccer in Los Angeles and are dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for our guests and their families at all events.
After consulting with internal and external security experts and reviewing existing safety and security protocols, the LA Galaxy and LAFC have mutually agreed to an enhanced security plan for rivalry matches taking place at Dignity Health Sports Park and Banc of California Stadium, starting Saturday, April 9 when the LA Galaxy host LAFC. While the overall fan experience will not be impacted by these new measures, specific portions of both stadiums will have special protocols to ensure safety for all.
The security plan has been developed by both clubs in collaboration with MLS to optimize overall fan safety and experience. The plan features designated sections on the concourse for the safe division of supporter areas and includes seat relocation opportunities, specific stadium services for travelling supporters and rules regarding opposing team colors in supporter sections.
LA Galaxy Forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández: “The LA Galaxy and LAFC are united in keeping this game safe for all. We may be rivals on the pitch, but as members of the Los Angeles community on match day, we should be together as one.”
LAFC Forward Carlos Vela: “To the fans of LAFC and the LA Galaxy – Let’s show the world that this game is for everyone. We wear different colors, but we are all one community.”
LA Galaxy President Chris Klein and LAFC Co-President & Chief Business Officer Larry Freedman: “We ask fans of both Clubs to set an example, respect each other and find common ground as passionate fans of the sport. Violence or any harassment among fans is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Let’s honor the game and continue to build this rivalry together.”
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