After the concert that was supposed to begin a series to kick off the summer was canceled, police are looking into why the Drake and Hanson event got so out of hand.
The concert space holds 10,000 people but some estimates say near 20,000 fans actually showed up. Witnesses told NBCNewYork that fans began to climb roofs, toss bottles and throw chairs when the concert didn’t begin on time.
Police tried to keep order amid the chaos but had little success. When organizers lost control, criticism of the promoters began. Police Commisioner Ray Kelly plans on looking into how the event was promoted. At a news conference Wednesday, he called the security force at the Seaport insufficient.
A spokesperson for the Seaport released a statement Tuesday night saying: “While the South Street Seaport and Paper Magazine were looking forward to a great kick-off concert for the summer season, our primary concern is always the safety of our guests. Unfortunately, by the announced showtime, both the Seaport management and NYPD estimated that the on-site crowd had greatly exceeded this safe capacity, was still rising, and the show could no longer be presented in a safe atmosphere. By 7:00PM, a decision was made in consultation with the police to cancel the event in order to foster the safe dispersal of the over-capacity crowd.”