NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, December 18, 2015, 3:22 PM
The Barclays Center is vowing to cut off the booze early in response to a viral video of an ugly brawl at Tuesday’s Islanders game.
In a statement to the Daily News, a Barclays Center spokesperson said an investigation into the incident is ongoing and said the Brooklyn arena is “immediately implementing” a new five-point plan.
The new plan includes shutting down all beer and alcohol sales at the end of the second intermision. The Barclays Center had previously sold booze up to the 12-minute mark of the third period.
There will be no changes to the alcohol policy for Nets games or other events.
Several in attendance during Tuesday’s Islanders-Panthers game claimed Barclays Center security roughed up fellow fans.
The man and woman, who have not been identified, were reportedly standing in a handicapped area when security stepped in. A scuffle ensued and video shows a man on the ground surrounded by a number of blazer-wearing security personnel.
One fan, Scott Wrba, told CBS 2 that the feeling among Islanders fans was that Barclays Center security didn’t know how to handle rowdy hockey fans. Wrba also took video of the altercation between the unnamed fan and security.
“We’re loud, we love our team, we love the Islanders, we’re passionate about it. I feel they don’t understand that. If they want to make it our home, they have to make it more welcoming,” eyewitness Scott Wrba told CBS 2.
“On Tuesday night, December 15, there was an altercation during an Islanders game when arena staff tried to restrict guests from accessing an unauthorized area,” the Barclays Center statement said. “Management immediately initiated an investigation, including reviewing all videos, meeting with staff and speaking to fans who were involved in, or witnessed, the incident.
“Law enforcement authorities were also notified of the incident. Any parties found to have acted inappropriately or in violation of arena policies will be dealt with accordingly.”
Below is the Barclays Center’s new five-point plan:
– Reinforce security and guest services training with staff.
– Further communicate Barclays Center alcohol policies to fans, which includes two drink per purchase limit.
– End beer and alcohol sales at the end of the second intermission.
– Convene season ticket holder focus groups within 30 days to discuss arena-fan relations.
– Remind all guests of Barclays Center’s zero tolerance for any type of racial or discriminatory language or behavior.
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