Dozens Hospitalized During Kenny Chesney Concert

Fans left 48 tons of trash behind
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2016 12:03 AM CDT
Dozens Hospitalized During Kenny Chesney Concert
Kenny Chesney performs at the 4th Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival in Las Vegas earlier this year.   (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)

A Kenny Chesney concert in Pittsburgh Saturday night was a drunk and messy affair even by the standards set by earlier Kenny Chesney concerts in Pittsburgh. Safety officials say at least 37 people in and around the Heinz Field concert had to be taken to hospitals, almost all of them for "over-intoxication" and related injuries, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. A 2013 Chesney concert in the city made headlines because fans left 30 tons of trash behind and there was a lot more this year, with 48 tons cleared by 6am Sunday, reports WTAE."I have never seen this amount of trash, ever," a fan from Virginia who has been to more than 20 Chesney concerts tells the Post-Gazette. "What are we, savages?"

There were only a handful of arrests this year compared to the 73 made in 2013, though dozens of teens were cited for underage drinking and one police officer injured his thumb while breaking up a fight, Fox reports. City Operations Director Guy Costa tells WTAE that country concerts in Pittsburgh tend to attract a harder-partying crowd than gigs like Friday's Billy Joel concert, where there were fewer arrests and a lot less trash. "It's more of a party, yes. It's a party and then the party is capped by going inside," Costa says. (This guy got kicked out of a Kenny Chesney concert for looking too much like Kenny Chesney.)

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