Mayor urges tour promoter to cover clean-up costs following Luke Bryan concert

The mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is calling on concert promoters at Live Nation to share the costs of the clean-up following country star Luke Bryan’s record-setting concert on Saturday night (21Jun14). The Drunk on You hitmaker brought his That’s My Kinda Night tour to the city’s Heinz Field and surpassed both Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift by selling 50,000 tickets – the most ever sold for a concert at the stadium.
However, eager fans tailgating prior to the event left behind massive amounts of trash, and according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper, city officials have had to pay an additional $2,000 (£1,174) to have public areas cleaned.
A statement from Mayor Bill Peduto reads: “We’ve worked too hard to build the quality of life in Pittsburgh to let others get away with destroying it.
“My administration will investigate further ways to hold promoters more accountable for these costs and impacts while recognizing the economic benefits such large events bring to our publicly owned facilities.”
In addition to the cleanup costs, more than 300 incidents were reported to police during the concert and led to seven arrests, 10 citations for public urination, six citations for disorderly conduct and 34 transports to area hospitals.
Prior to taking the stage, Bryan even took to to remind his fans to clean up after themselves, stating, “Be mindful of your tailgate (party) area. Clean up please. We wanna come back many more times.”
Last year (13), fans attending Chesney’s No Shoes Nation Tour left behind an even bigger amount of rubbish, as more than 45,000 pounds of trash had to be removed.