The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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April 18, 2009

Crowd control a concern

Arena hopes to avoid repeat of concert problems



“We do this with a lot of the larger events,” Westermayer said, adding that the Buckcherry show did keep the ambulance crews more busy than they expected. “Gold Cross had a lot of issues that would qualify as medical.”

One problem police officers and security staff dealt with was fans jumping from the seating section of the arena down to the floor. A 25-year-old man from Garrison was arrested by two police officers. He was seen jumping down, then attempted to run away.

Two women, both from the Mankato area, were cited by another officer and forced to leave the arena after they started fighting in the lobby.

In total, police officers reported a total of 26 incidents in and around the Civic Center between 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. the night of the Buckcherry concert.

Most of the incidents — including reports of assaults, disorderly conduct and intoxication — were resolved without police reports, citations or arrests.

The medical incidents included a report of a possible broken ankle, other injuries and people who were dehydrated.

If the Slipknot concert is as popular as the Buckcherry concert, Jones is hoping there will be more big-name hard rock bands coming to Mankato.

“We want to provide entertainment for everybody,” he said. “Hard rock is selling well in a tough economy.”

Westermayer said he just wants to make sure everyone stays safe and law abiding while they’re having fun. The meetings that will take place before Slipknot arrives should help, he said.

“We want to promote and preserve the public safety,” Westermayer said.

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