Whitt cracks down on concert security
39 arrested; seven taken to hospital
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 03:03
Last weekend’s Tiësto concert brought over 4,500 people to the Whittemore Center, as well as 39 arrests and seven hospital transports “directly related to the concert made by the UNH and Durham police departments,” according to Director of UNH Media Relations Erika Mantz.
“Many hours of planning go into preparation for a large concert to ensure the safety of concert attendees,” Mantz said.
22 of those 39 arrests were UNH students, and most of the arrests were due to drug and alcohol related offenses. The seven hospital transports were believed to be alcohol-related.
University police worked with the New Hampshire State Police as well as State Liquor Enforcement officers during the concert. Those officers arrested an additional 26 people, which could not be directly linked to the concert, heightening the total count of arrests to 65.
Mantz said that the state police and enforcement officers were brought in “to bring additional resources to campus to help curb underage drinking and raise awareness of both the risks and consequences of impaired driving.”
Mantz also said that multiple “police, fire and emergency resources appropriate to the scale of the event were hired and paid for out of ticket sales.” As an additional resource, the Whittemore Center staff hired a private security company to help with the concert’s security.
Those resources helped to manage the crowds of Tiësto attendees with such security measures as pat-downs before entering the arena, using a wristband system, prohibiting crowd surfing, keeping aisles clear, and moving the crowd safely out of the arena after the concert.
To prepare for the concert and the crowds of people attending it, UNH Health Services held a pre-concert pizza party in the Whittemore Center.
The Tiësto Club Life College Invasion Tour’s last stop before UNH – University of Massachusetts-Amherst – took place on Feb. 21 in the Mullins Center and resulted in 19 hospital transports, 12 people being treated on the scene and one seriously injured, according to the Northampton, Mass.-based Daily Hampshire Gazette.
The serious injury was an unidentified male who jumped off a balcony and fractured his skull and jaw.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette also reported that none of the people who were transported were UMass students; however, UMass police put two students in protective custody. Only one person was arrested at the concert, a Bentley student on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery of a police officer and possession of marijuana.
UNH, however, did not increase security after the UMass incidents.
“Whittemore Center staff was made aware of some issues faced during the concert at UMass,” said Mantz. “The staff reviewed the plan for the evening and decided not to change any of the preparation, staffing or protocols that had been put into place.”
Past UNH concerts – including Avicii and David Guetta – have had their share of student arrests before, during and after their shows. Avicii’s concert drew 34 arrests, 14 being UNH students, while approximately 20 people were arrested at Guetta’s concert.