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Public Safety Dept.: 'Zero Tolerance' Policy In Effect For Luke Bryan Concert

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Thousands of country music fans are expected to pack Heinz Field for Luke Bryan's concert this weekend.

However, there are some rules in place for fans planning to attend the show.

One of Bryan's song is "Drink a Beer," but if you drink too many, the city just won't tolerate it.

"If you are going to drink, maybe every second or third drink, have a bottle of water in between, try to keep some hydration on board," Pittsburgh EMS Chief Robert Farrow said.

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich is sticking to his strict policy.

"The zero tolerance policy that I put in numerous press releases will be enforced," he said.

The policy cracks down on disorderly conduct, intoxication, underage drinking and any violence.

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According to a press release, "Dozens of city, county and state officers -- in full uniform and plainclothes -- will enforce the laws. Mounted Units from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and Allegheny County Police will serve as City Ambassadors and assist in crowd control if needed. River Rescue will patrol the city's waterways and enforce drinking and boating laws."

More than 100 officers will be working the event and a large-scale truck will operate as the command post.

This same policy was in effect for the Kenny Chesney concert earlier this month. Police called that gathering safe and successful with only five people being arrested and 15 cited.

With temperatures expected to rise into the 90s, fans are being advised to drink plenty of water.

"If it's going to be 94, you are probably thinking about 104 in the sunlight, standing in a parking lot," Farrow said.

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"Our biggest concern is heat and then you mix individuals, possibly drinking a little too much and that is the making of a medical emergency," Hissrich said.

Public Safety has that covered too.

"We have eight outside city EMS services assisting us, we have over three dozen almost four dozen EMT, paramedics and physicians that will be working the event in and around Heinz Field," Hissrich said.

"We've pretty much exhausted all our resources for staffing," Farrow said.

There will also be misting stations set up on the North Shore to help cool off fans.

"Cooling stations are just set up water stations where as many as 30 to 40 people can get under some spritzing water and cool themselves down," Nick Sero, Heinz Field communications manager, said.

Farrow also advises concertgoers to dress for the heat.

"Any light color. Stay away from navy, black t-shirts. Shorts, anything that you have that's light-colored and loose-fitting is a benefit in the heat," he said.

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(Photo Credit: Heinz Field)

Additionally, parking lots on the North Shore open at 1 p.m. All fans who enter the North Shore lots must have a ticket to the concert, and all concertgoers who park in the North Shore lots must enter Heinz Field by 7 p.m.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and the concert starts at 5 p.m. Concertgoers with floor tickets can only enter through Gate 6.

Fans who plan to tailgate before the concert will receive trash and recycling bags in order to help tailgaters properly dispose of their garbage.

Solicitation, food and alcohol sales, glass containers, tents, personal port-a-johns, furniture besides folding lawn chairs and tables, and oversized vehicles are prohibited.

Tents aren't allowed in the North Shore lots, but Farrow says there are other options to consider.

"A beach umbrella or something to provide a little bit of shade because around the stadium lots, there's not a lot of that," Farrow said.

The NFL's clear bag policy is also in effect for the concert. Visit for more information.

The following items are also banned from the stadium: selfie sticks, coolers, thermoses, backpacks, large purses, cans, glass bottles, flasks, alcoholic beverages, laser pointers, noisemakers, strollers, video and movie cameras, tripods, audio recording equipment, weapons and any other items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate.

Cars must be out of the parking areas no later than one hour after the concert ends.

Any boaters who plan to be on the river during the concert are reminded that special Coast Guard regulations will be in place from June 29 through July 1. More information can be found here.


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