Mayor Peduto hails improved crowd control after PNC Park concert

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Attendees at the Jason Aldean concert Saturday night at PNC Park cleaned up their act but still got trashed, according to Pittsburgh Public Works and Public Safety officials.

Mayor Bill Peduto toured the parking and partying lots Saturday outside PNC Park, and his office issued a news release Sunday saying efforts to reduce concert-goer garbage and public drunkenness led to a “cleaner and safer atmosphere” for the concert than what occurred at the June 21 Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field, which produced mountains of garbage, fights and 34 people hospitalized for injuries and intoxication.

In the wake of the Bryan concert, the mayor called on city and Allegheny County government officials, the city’s professional sports teams, parking lot operators and stadium authorities to devise new crowd-control policies for similar events.

“I want to thank the Pirates, private parking lot owners, Pittsburgh police, medics and refuse crews for executing the plans we made together,” Mr. Peduto said in the news release. “Most of all I need to thank the concert-goers. All along we wanted to make an atmosphere for the fans that was enjoyable but also safe and respectful. Working together we were able to make things better, though there is still work to do.”

The city said ambulances took 32 people to area hospitals, mostly for intoxication, which was only slightly less than the number needing ambulance service after the Bryan concert. Suburban ambulances and paramedics were also dispatched to the North Shore to help with “a rash of medical needs,” the news release said.

Police statistics detailing the number of arrests were still being compiled Sunday afternoon, said Tim McNulty, the mayor’s spokesman, and that task will take a couple of days.

County horse-mounted police, Port Authority and K9 officers assisted with crowd control, and public transit runs on the “T” were increased to help concert-goers travel home, the release said.

City Operations chief Guy Costa and Stephen Bucar, acting public safety director, will compile the concert’s refuse and arrest statistics and review them to identify any changes needed for future events.

Meanwhile, the crowd assembling for Sunday’s soccer match at Heinz Field between England’s Manchester City and Italy’s AC Milan in the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament was decidedly mellow.

Clusters of families and friends in Manchester blue or AC Milan red and black turned the Heinz Field parking lots into a well-behaved tailgate party.

There wasn’t even much trash left behind.



First Published July 27, 2014 3:43 PM

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