Friday, October 1, 2010

DailyCamera.com: Phish, Fourmile Revival have Broomfield police on their toes

 


Warning: Justin Bieber references

Four sold-out performances in fours days. The unprecedented activity that will surround Broomfield's 1stBank Center Oct. 9-12 has more than just music fans buzzing.

Broomfield public safety officials are looking at strategies and staffing levels that will suitably fit the needs of the Fourmile Canyon Revival benefit concert and three nights with jam band Phish without infringing on the fun at what is sure to be the 1stBank Center's biggest week ever.

"Four days in a row of concerts is a little different than we are used to having," Broomfield Police Chief Tom Deland said. "Our main goal is to make sure we have a safe event, where people feel they can go and enjoy the concert without having any crime or disorder and so the people who live or do business around the event center can do that without being disrupted."

Deland said he has met with representatives from North Metro Fire Rescue District and the 1stBank Center's Peak Entertainment management group numerous times since Aug. 24, when Phish announced its three-night stint at the venue, to discuss public safety strategies. Once the Fourmile Canyon Revival was announced on Sept. 17 -- the show features a jam-heavy lineup including String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and a special appearance by Phish -- officials and center management chose to approach the concerts as a four-day event.

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