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49ers limit tailgating at Candlestick because of violence

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 7:06 a.m. HST, Aug 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO >> San Francisco 49ers security will ask tailgaters to leave the parking lot at Candlestick Park after kickoff under new security measures introduced by the team after fan violence marred a pre-season game with the Oakland Raiders.

The rules will be in effect for the first time during Saturday's preseason matchup between the 49ers and Houston Texans.

Tailgating will not be allowed once the game starts. 49ers spokesman Steve Weakland said team security and San Francisco police will patrol the parking lots and ask fans with tickets to enter the stadium. Others will be asked to either buy a ticket or leave.

The team has also said it plans to use post-game DUI checkpoints and have additional police on hand.

The Aug. 20 game between the Raiders and 49ers at Candlestick was marred by two shootings, a beating and fights.

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