ALERT: Public Safety Statement on Garth Brooks Concert

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 16, 2019) – Pittsburgh Public Safety and several partner law enforcement agencies are prepared to ensure a safe experience for all at the Garth Brooks concert Saturday at Heinz Field.

The concert is expected to be the largest event in Heinz Field history. As such, Pittsburgh Public Safety – including Police, Fire, EMS and Emergency Management – will work with agencies including the Pennsylvania State Police, Liquor Control Enforcement, Port Authority Police, Heinz Field Security and County agencies to ensure safety for all inside and outside the venue.

“This will be a landmark event in Heinz Field history and we hope everyone enjoys the experience,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. “With that enjoyment comes responsibility, and our officers in uniform and in plainclothes will address any type of disorderly conduct, to include fighting, public intoxication, underage drinking, and any other illegal behavior that diminishes the experience of law-abiding citizens.”

Mounted Units from Pittsburgh Police and State Police will be present, as will the Fire Boat, River Rescue, K-9 and other specialty units. Multiple Traffic Officers on motorcycles will help direct traffic.

Parking lots will open at 2 p.m. Vehicles will not be permitted to park in roadways while awaiting their opening. In addition, once the concert begins at 7 p.m., tailgates and other parties will not be permitted in the parking lots.

The weather is forecast to be warm with temperatures near 80 degrees and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. Drink responsibly, stay hydrated and be prepared for quick changes in the weather.

There will be 32 EMS personnel working inside of the stadium for the concert, plus two physicians. Two cycle units will monitor the parking lots. Pittsburgh EMS will be assisted on scene by local EMS agencies including Munhall, Tri-Community, Cranberry, Foxwall, Fayette, Ross Westview, Plum, Eastern Area and Parkview.

Pittsburgh is accustomed to hosting large events, particularly Downtown and on the North Shore. As with any large event, Director Hissrich encourages attendees: “If you see something suspicious, please say something. We are there to protect.”

NOTE: Director Hissrich will hold a media availability to discuss the concert today at 1:30 p.m. in the Public Safety Conference Room on the 4th floor of the City-County Building.





Chris Togneri
Public Information Officer
Public Safety