Mayor applauds cleaner, safer concert atmosphere
Changes implemented by the city, North Shore stakeholders and country music fans led to a cleaner and safer atmosphere Saturday outside PNC Park.
City Public Works and Public Safety officials reported much improved activity surrounding the Jason Aldean concert Saturday. As part of plans put into place after a previous concert in June, fans did their part to clean parking lots, parking lot operators and Pittsburgh Police worked to clear lots after the concert began, and as of Sunday morning there was little trash evident.
Yet there were 32 paramedic transports, most of them for intoxication, which was close to the 34 transports at last month’s Luke Bryan concert. Suburban ambulances were dispatched to the North Shore to assist with a rash of medical needs. Police statistics were still being compiled.
“I want to thank the Pirates, private parking lot owners, Pittsburgh police, medics and refuse crews for executing the plans we made together,” said Mayor William Peduto, who toured the lots Saturday. “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.”
Allegheny County horse-mounted police, Port Authority and K9 officers also assisted with crowd-control efforts. PAT also kept Light Rail Transit running into early Sunday to assist concert-goers.
City Operations Chief Guy Costa and Acting Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar will compile refuse and safety statistics from the concert and study what changes are needed for future events.