Officials meet to discuss North Shore concerts; Tailgating could be limited

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PITTSBURGH - Representatives from Pittsburgh’s three major sports teams, as well as several others, met with Mayor Bill Peduto and his staff Tuesday to discuss concert procedures on the North Shore.

About 25 people, including representatives from the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins, the Carnegie Science Center and parking lot owners, met with Peduto and city staff members to figure out better ways to avoid a mess like the one patrons left after a Luke Bryan concert June 21 at Heinz Field.

People leaving the meeting said discussions were cordial.

Peduto's Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin said proposals include limiting tailgating to five hours before event gates open and restricting boat access to public North Shore docks from midnight to 6 a.m. on the day of an event.

Acklin said the city is considering requiring concert promoters to submit a deposit that would go toward city cleanup expenses. He said Pittsburgh will consider beefing up its public safety presence at the cost of promoters.

“We want these big events to continue cleanly and safely,” Acklin said. “We talked about putting these (things) in place by the next big event in a way that respects the city and the cost to taxpayers.”

Two weeks ago, concertgoers left mounds of trash in parking lots and taxed police and emergency medical services with scores of calls for fighting and intoxicated patrons.

Country music star Jason Aldean is scheduled to play at PNC Park on July 26.

Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.