Last year, Heinz Field, and therefore the Pittsburgh Steelers, were the focus of a news report when Kenny Chesney's tour rolled into Pittsburgh, and left behind a wake of arrests, trash and overall disrespect for public property.
New year, new country act, same story. Although Luke Bryan is no Kenny Chesney in terms of popularity and crowds that draw to a venue, Bryan is considered one of the up and coming superstars of country music.
According to Adam Smeltz of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Bryan's concert had fans packed in parking lots surrounding Heinz Field for tailgating, drinking and games; however, fans were still responsible for 37 citations, 18 arrests and 100 people treated by paramedics that sent 34 of those individuals to the hospital throughout the concert and after.
Although Bryan's concert shies in comparison to Chesney's, where 73 citations were handed out and roughly 45,000 to 60,000 pounds of trash were left in and around Heinz Field, the fact that this is again a story could possibly deter Heinz Field from hosting such events in the future.
Bryan even heard of the Chesney concert from the previous year, and sent out this tweet the day before the concert urging fans to be mindful of the trash and clean up efforts.
Also. I know your guys have heard. Be mindful of your tailgate area. Clean up please. We wanna come back many more times.— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) June 20, 2014
Some might say this type of debauchery would happen at any concert when a popular performer takes the stage, but when Heinz Field is constantly in these reports, the likelihood of musical acts getting to use the venue in the future could be in jeopardy.