A victory for courtesy

July 28, 2014

Last month’s Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field cast an unfavorable light on Pittsburgh nationally, thanks to images of trash-strewn parking lots and loutish, drunken behavior among some concertgoers. It ended up costing the city more than a few bucks to clean up the mess, and Mayor Bill Peduto sensibly decreed in its aftermath that enough was enough.

Stricter rules were put in place for the Saturday night show at adjoining PNC Park headlined by country stars Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. Tailgating was limited to five hours before the concert’s start, and recycling bags were issued to cars as they entered the lots. People who were not attending the concert were also chased out of the lots surrounding the stadium as the concert got under way.

From all indications, it seems to have worked. Peduto praised the “cleaner and safer atmosphere” surrounding the event, and the number of people who had to be shipped out of the concert for intoxication was slightly lower than the Bryan show (although, it must be said, the capacity at PNC Park is smaller than that of Heinz Field).

It’s a shame that such steps had to be taken in the first place. At an event being attended, for the most part, by adults, simple courtesy and common sense should lead to responsible behavior, and it shouldn’t demand intervention from elected officials or law enforcement.



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