PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The EQT Three Rivers Regatta begins Friday afternoon, and this year, the festivities are getting bigger, expanding to part of Liberty Avenue.READ MORE: Woman Killed In Crash Along Rt. 188 In Greene Co.
Organizers are expecting more than half a million visitors over three days. So, keeping people safe is top of mind for police.
The food booths are set up, so is the stage, and the impressive sand sculpture of a locomotive and passengers is nearly complete.
But something they’ve been planning for months is security.
“Safety is our number one thing, always for everything,” said Derek Weber, one of the regatta organizers. “We’ve spent months with City of Pittsburgh Public Safety, police, EMS, water rescue and the Coast Guard.”
Pittsburgh Public Safety says it’ll have a zero tolerance policy for any type of disorderly conduct. Prohibited items include alcohol, drones, grills, laser pointers, illegal weapons, explosives or ammunition.
There will police on horseback, and Allegheny County, state and city of Pittsburgh officers will all be on patrol, as well as hired security.READ MORE: Sheetz Offering Free Coffee, Fizz Drinks To Pitt Students Through August
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“The presence is a little bit more. We’ve actually added some from in the past,” said Weber.
They’ll have an especially heavy presence at entrances and exits. It’s unclear if dump trucks filled with sand will be used, like at some previous city events.
And, like at many concerts and sports events nowadays, there will be sporadic bag searches.
“I think for safety reasons, I think it’s necessary, but I also don’t want to stand in line it’s like taking away from the fun,” said Paige Becoate, a Penn Hills resident who is planning on going to regatta weekend.
- For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Three Rivers Regatta website here.
- For information on event security, click here.
That fun this year includes three championship races – Formula 1 Power Boats, jet-ski championships and paddleboad championships.MORE NEWS: Reports Of Illnesses In Songbirds Declining After Mysterious Disease Caused Dozens Of Deaths
Sugar Ray will headline the musical acts. And, of course, there’s the popular ALCOSAN Anything That Floats Race.