EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGreenbrier Classic Prepared For Kenny Chesney And His Fans
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Chris Swope
Reported: Jul. 3, 2013 6:11 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 6:53 PM EDT
White Sulphur Springs , West Virginia
In the aftermath of a June 22 Kenny Chesney concert at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, it was estimated between 50.000 and 60,000 pounds of garbage was left in the facility's parking lot by the singer's fans. It took several days to clean up the mess.
But trash was not the only problem. On the day of the event, there were reports of at least 10 fights with 73 people arrested inside and outside the stadium.
Chesney is one of the featured acts of the Greenbrier Classic, but his appearance is not expected to generate the same result as his Pittsburgh concert.
Obviously, Pittsburgh experienced more than a few problems when it hosted a Kenny Chesney concert but a repeat of those problems is not expected when the country superstar performs in southern West Virginia on Independence Day.
Greenbrier owner Jim Justice was asked if he had any concerns about Chesney's appearance.
"Well, I haven't heard that," Justice said. "See, I'm carrying a Taser with me at all times. No, I surely think we've got security out the ying yang and we're not going to tolerate anything like that. We're just not going to tolerate that."
Tournament director Monte Ortel said concert crowds have been very well-behaved for the first three years of the event and he does not expect that to change just because Chesney is performing.
"There should be no issues," Ortel said. "We plan for just about every scenario from a security standpoint, parking standpoint and shuttling standpoint. So, you touched upon a different type of demographic that attends a golf event that will be spilling over and attending the concert series so there will be no issues"
The Classic is only offering two major concerts this year. That's fewer than previous tournaments but Justice said fans will still get their money's worth.
"If we can get the level of acts that we got this year, yes, Sir," Justice said. "I would a rather have super quality than quantity, and not to say that the acts we've had in the past haven't been unbelievable - they've been unreal. That's all there is to it. But if compensation is the measure of how good the acts are and how much demand, then we've got the best two we've ever had."
In addition to Chesney's performance on July 4, the rock band Aerosmith is scheduled to play on the Greenbrier Classic stage Saturday night.
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