Police: No extra patrols for Chesney concert despite past headaches

CALIFORNIA, OH (FOX19) - It will be a packed house as Kenny Chesney takes the stage Friday night at Riverbend Music Center. The sold out show will draw thousands of fans. With so many people, there may be a few problems for police.

Chesney fans at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field last Saturday brought about numerous headaches for police.

Fans got out of control at the show. There were more than 10 fights, numerous people were arrested and trash was left everywhere.

Nearly 75 people were arrested for various offenses at the show. The offenses include disorderly conduct, public intoxication and aggravated assault. Officials say around 150 people were treated at the concert for various injuries and another 45 people were taken to medical facilities.

Kenny Chesney did perform in St. Louis on Thursday. There were no reported problems at the concert.

Cincinnati Police will be patrolling the area during Friday's concert in Cincinnati. Police say they will not be adding any extra patrols and they expect the concert to go smoothly.

Chesney fans attending Friday's concert will also have to deal with traffic on I-471 and the reconstruction of River Downs.

Due to the reconstruction of River Downs, all concert traffic must now enter through Coney Island Gates 1 and 2 on Kellogg Avenue. Parking will not be available in the River Downs lots.

Also, because of construction on I-471 south, allow extra time to travel or seek an alternate route. Both Exit #71-New Richmond and #72-Kellogg Avenue off of I-275 permit access to entrance gates.

When leaving the venue, remember that turning left or right (east or west) on Kellogg Avenue will lead to both directions on I-275.

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