Officials Announce "Zero-Tolerance" Approach For Kenny Chesney Concert

Public Safety will patrol for intoxication, underage drinking and violence

Shelby Cassesse
June 01, 2018 - 5:00 am
Public Safety announces "zero-tolerance" policy at Kenny Chesney concert.

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Pittsburgh Public Safety wants Kenny Chesney concert-goers to know there will be a "zero-tolerance" policy in effect at Heinz Field Saturday. 

The zero-tolerance approach will extend to underage drinking, public intoxication and violence, according to Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.

"Individuals will be cited and/or arrested," he said.

Several city, county and state officers - in full uniform and in plainclothes - will be on patrol. River Rescue and the Coast Guard will also patrol the river to enforce the zero-tolerance policy and special boating regulations prohibiting loitering, anchoring, stopping or drifting more than 100 feet from the riverbank. The Coast Guard's regulations start at 4 p.m. Friday and end 3 p.m. Sunday. 

Parking lots open at 1 p.m., but Heinz Field's Nick Sero told KDKA Radio that those attending the concert must leave the parking lot at the start of the show, while those without a ticket must leave the premises.

"You'll need a ticket if you get down to the North Shore and use one of the cash parking lots," he said. "At 7:00, everybody who is in the North Shore parking lots is going to be asked to come on in and enjoy the music." 

Those using the North Shore parking lots will have one hour to leave following the end of the show. 

Heinz Field officials will provide garbage and recycling bags. 

The NFL's Clear Bag Policy will also be in effect for the show, meaning concert-goers can either bring a clear, plastic 1-gallon bag or a small hand-held purse clutch.

In addition, Heinz Field management does not permit the following items in the stadium: selfie sticks, coolers, bags (see bag policy), thermoses, backpacks, large purses, cans, glass bottles, flasks, alcoholic beverages, laser pointers, noisemakers, strollers, video & movie cameras, tripods, audio recording equipment, weapons and any other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate. All bags are subject to inspection. Umbrellas may be brought into the stadium but are not permitted to be open in the seating bowl.

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