On June 22, the day of the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field, I arranged to meet out-of-town friends at Jerome Bettis' Grille 36 on the North Shore. Traffic was gridlocked! Area lots were full. Where were concert, Carnegie Science Center and restaurant patrons to park? This was a precarious situation for fire and rescue vehicles as well.
In spite of the chaos, traffic police maintained a positive attitude.
Going forward, for such events, there should be:
• Limited pre-paid parking tickets ordered online on a “first come, first served” basis, with lot assignments printed on hang tags and entry after 4 p.m. only. No exceptions!
• Off-site parking destinations (north, south, west and east) with bus transport to the stadium after 4 p.m. — nominal round-trip fee per person.
• No concert parking prior to 4 p.m. by any vehicle. Consideration must be extended to restaurant patrons, handicapped citizens and those employed in the area.
Past generated revenue supports pre-planning; “media blitz” parking ads are a must. At $50 per spot, concertgoers will not be deterred. Remote parking would be utilized as well.
I side with the concertgoers: The number of portable toilets and trash-disposal containers was ridiculous.
Mary Lynne Spazok
Upper St. Clair