Cheating hearts are a traditional theme of country music and after the Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field last month the city of Pittsburgh felt like fans had shown not a lick of respect.
As well as people drinking and fighting — 34 were hospitalized for injuries and intoxication — the area near the North Shore stadium was left covered with piles of garbage.
But the love affair between country fans and the city looks like it might be heading for kiss-and-make-up time.
After the June 21 debacle, Mayor Bill Peduto insisted that new rules were needed for future concerts and all the stakeholders should be part of it — city and county officials and the heads of professional sports teams, parking lots and the stadiums. The new rules prevented surface lots from opening before 2 p.m. and banned tailgating in parking garages and the playing of beer pong.
The test came Saturday night with the Jason Aldean concert at PNC Park. Mr. Peduto toured the parking lots before the concert and Sunday his office declared that the new procedures had resulted in a “cleaner and safer atmosphere.” He thanked all concerned, but most of all the concert-goers.
The mayor did admit that “there is still work to do.” While the area wasn’t trashed nearly as much, some of the fans were. Thirty-two people were taken to hospitals, mostly for intoxication and, as Post-Gazette reporters there noted, the traffic around the stadium was bad.
But overall the new lyrics made for a sweeter song.