Diamondbacks owner made Dodgers fans switch gear or move seats

Dodgers fans Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks forced some Los Angeles Dodgers fans sitting in premium seats behind the plate at Chase Field on Friday night choose between removing their Dodgers gear or switching seats, according to a story from Deadspin.

Deadspin notes that early in Friday’s game, which the Diamondbacks won 3-0, there were a handful of fans in Dodgers gear sitting behind home plate. The Dodgers gear was no longer visible later in the game. That’s because Arizona owner Ken Kendrick gave the fans the option of switching gear or moving seats.

“Due to the high visibility of the home plate box, we ask opposing team’s fans when they purchase those seats to refrain from wearing that team’s colors,” the D-backs said in a note to Deadspin. “During last night’s game, when Ken Kendrick noticed the fans there, he offered them another suite if they preferred to remain in their Dodger gear. When they chose to stay, he bought them all D-backs gear and a round of drinks and requested that they abide by our policy and they obliged.”

So, what are the D-backs telling us here? We’ll take your money, and we’ll let rival fans into the park, but you’re not going to make us look bad on TV.

The screenshot at the top of this post is from the first inning. The after picture below is from the eighth:

Dodgers fans Chase Field after

You can see that one of the fans is wearing Arizona gear. What the D-backs did here isn’t the least bit surprising. Teams want to sell tickets, but they’re also image-conscious. They know it looks bad if opposing fans are in prominent spots at the home ballpark. We even saw the Sacramento Kings do something similar two weeks ago with the Lakers in town.

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  • kevin

    who cares – really who cares

  • Rose

    My team colors DON’T run……I would NEVER wear the colors of another team and I would NOT have any RESPECT for a policy that would force fans or me to do that…….GO DODGERS!!!

  • dave

    how small can you get?

  • mike

    I bet they also don’t like our military uniforms.

  • Preston

    the dbacks owner can go to hell

  • Gene Brown

    Elaine Benes (Seinfeld) got thrown out of Yankee Stadium for refusing to take off her Orioles’ cap when sitting in the owners’ box.

  • FreeJeffDubay

    Odd that the D-backs didn’t request the Dodger batter to switch his jersey as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Mitchell/1148378746 Barry Mitchell

    I never cared for the Dodgers, but this is stupid, a fan should be able to wear what ever they want to concerning team jerseys tshirts etc. Hope the dbacks come in last

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  • http://www.facebook.com/SIN.OverWatch Jc O’Berry

    I’d Have to say, “Piss Off” This is a MLB Game and Dodgers are a MLB team. The face that you can not get away from a Pro Sports event for under $200-400 these days for 2 people. That is tickets, parking, gas, food, drinks. If I am shelling out that kind of cash in this economy… I will WEAR what I want!

  • http://twitter.com/NFL_Madness NFL Madness

    BULL $#IT, If I paid for the tickets, flubb you. I wear what I want, when I want. My colors are mine. You do what you want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/logan.james.75641 Logan James

    I’d be on the field before ever taking off my angels gear.

  • Thomas Wynne

    I’d tell them to stick it and sue their as*** if they laid a hand on me

  • http://twitter.com/11phenomenon 11 Phenomenon

    Another Seinfeld episode come to life. As funny as that is, you should be allowed to wear an opposing teams uniforms/colors. This is a sporting event. Unless something is truly offensive then you should be able to wear what you want. This is just good fun.

  • greg91040@yahoo.com

    Yet Mutt and Jeff wearing thier beat LA shirts with beer after beer can try to destract LA pitchers and the googy couple can hold the “you should be here” sign. WTF??

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.sheets.96 Steve Sheets

    Is that even legal? D’Backs owner should not have the right to tell opposing team fans to “remove” their team colors. I call bullsh*t!!