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Fan brawl forces early end to Utica Yard Dogs game
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Yard Dogs' game against Troy at D'Alessandro Stadium ended early Saturday night, as a brawl in the stands moved onto the field and forced an early end for safety concerns.
According to the Utica Yard Dogs, the incident began with just under 1:30 to go in the game. Several fans who had traveled from Troy became involved in an altercation with several fans in the bleachers, and the fights quickly escalated, moving against the track fence which separates the players and fans and then spilling onto the field.
The Utica Police Department arrived just minutes after the first altercation broke out and the game was immediately called for the safety of the players, fans and officials.
No charges have been filed as of yet, but league officials, both organizations and the Utica Police Department are investigating the situation.
"It's a really ugly situation, it gives sports a black eye, and we are certainly going to do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again" says Yard Dogs General Manager David Hadasz. "Unfortunately the police were not at our game, and with hundreds of people at an event you would think they would be patrolling the stadium".
The Yard Dogs, who fell to 3-4 with a 48-14 defeat, are on the road for their next game at St. Lawrence this Saturday. Their next home game is September 27th against Albany.