PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – Country superstar Luke Bryan brought thousands to the North Shore and Heinz Field Saturday for his “That’s My Kinda Night” tour. Many are speaking out about the trash left behind after the concert, some feel like the focus of the story here is all wrong they should be focused on the concert itself.
Bill Rehkopf and the KDKA Afternoon News decided to bring all of the sides of the story to the show today. It started when Mayor Peduto’s office released a statement saying that a new plan needs to be in place for big events, such as Luke Bryan. They claim there needs to be a better way to curb the trash, misconduct and intoxication related incidents.
Mayor Peduto’s Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin joined Bill on the KDKA Afternoon News he says we pride ourselves on our cultural center of our city and the stadiums were built for these kinds of events but it comes with challenges.
“We are a city on fiscal in fiscal difficulty right now and when these events come to town we expect that they won’t trash our city. What we had is a situation where we had a significant public safety response, over 300 incidents that occurred Saturday, that’s diverting resources away from our neighborhoods,” Acklin said.
He said they are currently figuring out the exact cost of this weekend to the city but he estimates it somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars. There is another country concert coming up in July downtown and the city wants to avoid another incident like this weekend.
“We are focused on making sure that we do a more appropriate job on the front end, we have another concert coming to town in July so we are looking at ways to make sure that our response and the activity that goes on there is nothing like it was over the weekend,” Acklin said.
You can hear the whole interview with Kevin Acklin below: