MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOX) – Maryland Heights Police say they’re ready for the Kenny Chesney concert at Riverport on Thursday, after 75 people were arrested at Chesney’s concert in Pittsburgh for various reasons including public intoxication.
Maryland Heights Police Chief Bill Carson says he’s not worried about it.
“I think we’ve got adequate man power,” he says. “We’re prepared for anything that might happen.”
The Riverport venue seats 20,000 people compared to 50,000 in Pittsburgh, where most tailgated all day in the hot sun.
“Some of the places like Pittsburgh, where they arrive hours before the show and drink heavily on the parking lot, I think that contributed to a lot of their problems,” Carson says.
There will not be any tailgating in Maryland Heights.
“Our ordinance prohibits drinking on the streets, public walkways or public parking lots,” he says.
Carson says Chesney’s fans have been well-behaved when he has played at Riverport before.