PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It is a sure sign of summer time. Country music star Kenny Chesney is returning to Heinz Field this weekend for his No Shoes Nation Tour. And when Kenny comes to town, it’s always a party.
Fans have been gearing up for days now ahead of the concert.
A boat city is set up on the North Shore. Many of the boaters have been there for days, just to get a good spot for the concert.
“Waiting for Kenny Chesney,” said Dee Wokutth, of Shaler.
KDKA’s Paul Martino: “This is the best way to do it?”
Wokutth: “You got that right!”
And it’s not enough to have a boat. One group of concert-goers brought a pool, too.
“It’s hot out here and the river’s not very clean right now,” one of them said of the pool.
It’s all about Kenny Chesney. It’s his seventh year in a row at Heinz Field, and the boaters feel like he’s one of them.
“His music’s all about having a good time. He’s a boater himself. That’s kinda why we get along with him so well, and he gets along with us,” said Todd Grant, of Allison Park.
Chesney has been known to come down and hang out with the boaters. He even hopped aboard one year and sang on Grant’s boat.
Martino: “You got your own personal concert on your boat?”
Grant: “We did. He came down and played like three songs. It was a blast. It was pretty neat.”
While the party on the boats appears to be under control, the concert day tailgating can get way out of control.
At last year’s show, 12 people were arrested, 40 were cited and 50 concert goers were ejected. They say security is ready for this year’s crowd.
“We’re beefed up just like we are at every event here at Heinz Field,” said Jimmy Sacco, of Heinz Field. “We have our crowd management plan in place and we’ll be ready for them.”