St. LOUIS (KMOX) – Too bad those thousands of fans at the U2 concert this coming Sunday at Busch Stadium won’t be of the electric kind. People going to the concert can expect triple digit temperatures and dangerous heat index. This has emergency medicine specialists worried about what might be ahead.
Barnes Jewish ER Doctor Rob Poirerer will be one of the emergency medicine specialists at the stadium, helping keep an eye on the sweltering crowd, especially those waiting in line for general admission seating. Poirerer warns of the dangers of heat stroke.
“They are going to be at risk for dehydrating themselves even before the concert, so it will be extremely important that they moderate their alcohol use, if any, that they stay hydrated especially with non alcoholic non caffeinated beverages and that they stay cool as much as possible”
Dr. Poirerer helps staff one of the first aid stations at Busch Stadium during Cardinal games…he’ll be doing the same Sunday for the concert.
“The crowd will be a different, they will be a little more active, moving around and getting involved with the music.”
Poirerer adds that could lead to some cases of mild dehydration or heat exhaustion — doctors, nurses and paramedics will be staffed throughout the venue just in case.
Officials with the Cardinals say fans with general admission field tickets will be allowed to start lining up along Clark Street at 7 am Sunday morning…with no overnight camping allowed and no alcohol in line will be permitted…only water, soda and non alcoholic beverages in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than two liters.