PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While Luke Bryan entertained tens of thousands of fans at Heinz Field, police and first responders were busy with a lot of injuries and some arrests.
Bryan kicked off his summer tour Saturday night and knows the fans are welcoming, dedicated and energetic.
Before the show the country music star urged fans to play it safe and stay in control.
“We’re just blessed that the city is welcoming us here and we want the fans to stay safe. We want everybody to just get out there and have a blast. I’m going to go have the time of my life,” he said.
Fans started filling North Shore parking lots in the morning.
“He’s just the best music artist in the world. He’s the best,” one fan said.
As day turned to night, the number of arrests and injuries started to grow.
As of 11 p.m., a total of 27 patients were taken to Allegheny General Hospital, while 10 others were taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital.
Heinz field and Pittsburgh Public Safety officials put new policies in place to deal with the crowd of over 50,000 fans. They wanted to see less trash, traffic, public drunkenness and violence.
“We got an e-mail telling us all the rules, what time the stadium opens, what time you’re supposed to be out and everything so I think it will help,” one woman said.
On a positive note, Live Nation confirmed this was the largest country music show ever held at Heinz Field.
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