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More Than Two Dozen Taken To Hospital During Kenny Chesney Concert

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Things got wild at the Kenny Chesney Spread the Love tour stop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Saturday night (July 2). 

Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said that 57 emergency medical transports were requested during Saturday's concert and 25 people were taken to area hospitals. There were also a handful of arrests.

In a press conference held Sunday morning, authorities said they were pleased with how the concert went and considered it a success as the hospitalization and arrest numbers were lower than in previous years. In 2013, 73 people were arrested and concert-goers left behind more than 30 tons of trash. 

Pittsburgh chief operations officer Guy Costa estimated less than 40,000 people were inside the stadium Saturday's concert, while about 15,000 showed up in the surrounding area just to tailgate and party. Out of a total of about 55,000 people, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay says there were 7 physical arrests and 1 summons arrest.

“We had about seven physical arrests, all for alcohol-fueled violence or other types of, uh, misbehavior, shall we say, a summons arrest, and about [four] citations issued,” Chief McLay said. “So for the number of people and the amount of alcohol, those are low numbers. Largely, they’re low because officers did everything they could to try to maintain order without having to make arrests. Our objective wasn’t to fill the jails or write a ton of tickets, but rather maintain order.”

According to state police, 36 citations were issued for underage drinking in the Heinz Field parking lots.


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