Fans arriving for the start of the rock concert season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center will see an increased police presence as authorities crack down on illegal alcohol consumption at the popular upstate venue.
State troopers, parks police and local police will be out in force tonight when the Dave Matthews Band kicks off its annual two-night gig at SPAC. The band's sold-out shows attract tens of thousands of fans to Saratoga, where underage drinking in the state park surrounding SPAC has been a problem in recent years.
This week state parks officials announced they'll strictly enforce the Saratoga state park's no alcohol policy. Authorities say officers will be patrolling the parking lots where concertgoers gather to tailgate before concerts.
Officials say they'll be using alcohol screening devices that can detect alcohol in unmarked containers. Parks officials say the plans will be in effect throughout SPAC's summer season.