Monday, April 27, 2009


Most people know about the tragic 1979 Who concert in Cincinnati. The concert was festival seating, so the faster you got in, the closer you could get to the front. 11 people died in the crush to get inside Riverfront Coliseum (now called the U.S. Bank Arena). Action was fast in banning festival seating from future concerts and events.

Somewhat oddly, Cincinnati city safety director Bret McGinnis allowed an exemption in June 1980 for a boxing match at Cincinnati Gardens (still called the Cincinnati Gardens). Mayor Ken Blackwell, who was recently a candidate for chairman of the RNC, was against the move. While there were no incidents, Blackwell said "we were lucky." A limited exemption for a Bruce Springsteen concert in 2002 made headline. The ban was completely lifted in 2004.

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