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San Francisco taking steps to prevent Super Bowl violence

  • File - In this Oct. 28, 2012 file photo, San Francisco Giants fans celebrate outside of PacBell Park after the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers to win baseball's World Series. City officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file)

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco officials are taking tougher measures to prevent potential fan violence on Super Bowl Sunday when the 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans.

With the Niners' sixth appearance in the big game more than a week away on Feb. 3, San Francisco police said they will be monitoring crowds and bars at multiple hotspots across the city. More than 400 officers will be on duty, triple the number on a normal Sunday.

Mayor Ed Lee is also suggesting that bars limit liquor sales, or at the very least serve alcohol responsibly. But officials say the city doesn't plan to ban hard alcohol.

"(I want) to suggest that they serve something (other) than heavy alcohol during times of celebration," Lee told reporters. "Inebriation sometimes doesn't help with people who want to maybe go beyond the bounds of acceptability in their celebration."

J.J. Bishop, a bartender at Nova Bar and Restaurant located about two blocks from where baseball's world champion Giants play at AT&T Park, told The Associated Press on Friday he understands the mayor's position.


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