Pittsburghers are responding to the mess left behind in parking lots following the Kenny Chesney concert Saturday at Heinz Field. Crews began cleaning the Heinz Field parking lots early Sunday morning, and most were cleared in time for the Monday morning commute.
But in light of the piles of garbage, empty beer bottles and even furniture, some are calling for a ban of future Chesney concerts. A “Ban Kenny Chesney from Pittsburgh” Facebook page has been created.
According to Allegheny County Emergency Services, 30 people were taken to the hospital, 150 patients were seen by EMS at the scene, and five arrests were made throughout the day. Over 100 police officers and 43 paramedics were working at the event.
Turns out there was some serious, serious tailgating going down:
“The mess is not country. Country people take care of their messes. It's like city folks going to something and taking their city trash with them,” said Jim Bennett.
Donna M. Giel said, “They are local young people there just for the party. They show up early in the morning, party all day and then slowly trickle out once the concert starts. This phenomenon has grown each year and seems exclusive to Pittsburgh.”
In another Facebook post, Whitney Hodgson said, “If this was done at Wiz Khalifa there would be hell to pay and racial slurs thrown left and right. This is beyond ridiculous. It's disgusting. It's trashy. And it's pathetic.”
Finally, the coup de grace: This video of a massive white trash brawl outside the Kenny Chesney show. Classy stuff. ALL. THOSE. CARGO. SHORTS. No wonder there's a negative stigma.