Concertgoers Reminded of Alcohol Restrictions in the Park; New CDTA Concert Shuttle Service Highlighted
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
- With the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) - Live Nation concert season set to kick off this Memorial Day weekend with two shows by the Dave Matthews Band, SPAC President and Executive Director Marcia White reminded concertgoers that part of ensuring a positive experience is adhering to the alcohol restrictions in and around the Saratoga Spa State Park. White announced that the New York State Park Police, in cooperation with multiple local and state law enforcement agencies, will continue a coordinated effort against illegal alcohol-related activities in and around the Saratoga Spa State Park during the 2013 SPAC - Live Nation concert series.
"This year's SPAC - Live Nation concert series will be, in a word, ‘phenomenal.' With artists like the Dave Matthews Band, Phish, the Zac Brown Band and Maroon 5 putting SPAC at the top of their tour schedules, SPAC will be one of the busiest venues on the East Coast this year," said White."Fans should be excited about the season and prepared to enjoy themselves. However, they also need to know that SPAC, the NYS Parks Police, the Saratoga County DA, and all of our law enforcement agencies will be continuing the zero-tolerance approach to illegal alcohol use at and around the Saratoga Spa State Park that has been in place since 2010. It's a proactive stance designed to provide a safe and inviting environment for all concertgoers."
"Zero-tolerance continues to be the approach to illegal alcohol use at and around Saratoga Spa State Park," said Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey. "Enhanced safety of our patrons and employees while improving the overall concert experience at SPAC remains a top priority for New York State Parks and its police force."
"In coordination with our law enforcement partners, State Park Police will continue an aggressive approach to enforcing the alcohol restrictions and vehicle and traffic laws in and around the park. Drinking and driving will not be tolerated and will be met with swift and serious action," said NYS Park Police Chief Richard O'Donnell.
Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said: "Confiscating alcohol at the entrances to the parking lots has been the best crime reduction and prevention program there is. Since its inception, we have seen a steady decline in drunken behavior and disorderly conduct, while we have seen a steady increase in people's enjoyment and satisfaction of their SPAC experience. Parents can know that their teenager will not be permitted to bring alcohol into the grounds nor purchase alcohol at the vendor sites. Thanks to the work of Marcia White, Live Nation, NYS Parks, law enforcement and my office working collaboratively, SPAC continues to be one of the greatest music venues in the Northeast."
Key elements of the enforcement strategy include thorough patrols of the park grounds and parking areas as well as inside the venue. Violators could face consequences ranging from confiscation of alcoholic beverages to vehicle impoundment to arrest. In these efforts, officers will have access to a spectrum of tools and technologies including passive alcohol screening devices (Alco-Sensor FSTs) which can detect alcohol in unmarked containers and instruments designed to detect altered and fake IDs - a serious offense that can lead to arrest, prosecution and loss of driving privileges.
Police will also be monitoring roadways and entry points to screen motorists for possession of alcoholic beverages and intoxicated driving. Intoxicated drivers will be immediately arrested and their vehicles impounded.
Inside SPAC, a bracelet is required to purchase alcohol. Bracelets are obtained by showing legal ID at one of the ID stations set up inside the facility.
Expanded Venue Surveillance at SPAC Gates & Concession Area
Concertgoers should also be aware that SPAC has expanded its closed circuit surveillance with the addition of cameras at its entrance gates and in the concession area said Ms. White. She noted that the move puts SPAC on par with the common practices of other comparable concert venues across the nation and that the primary goal of the cameras is to deter unruly or illegal behavior at the venue.
"Part of creating the safest and most enjoyable environment for a concert is preventing incidents before they occur," said White. "Cameras are a proven deterrent which is why they are widely used at entertainment and sporting venues across the country."
The new cameras represent an expansion of SPAC's existing surveillance which, for several years, has covered the area in and around the amphitheatre.
CDTA Launches Concert Shuttle Service
In conjunction with the start of the SPAC - Live Nation concert season, the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has announced the launch of a new shuttle service that will run between downtown Saratoga Springs and SPAC for several concerts expected to draw near-capacity crowds, including the Dave Matthews Band, Phish, the Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan.
The service, provided by CDTA's historic summer trolleys, will begin on Saturday, May 25 for the Dave Matthews Band concerts and operate on several concert nights through August 31st. Service will operate every 15 minutes from 10:45pm - 12:30am between SPAC and Congress Park in downtown Saratoga Springs. Concertgoers can get to the SPAC concerts from downtown Saratoga using CDTA's regular summer trolley service (Route # 875). Each trip will cost the standard CDTA $1.50 fare per ride. More information about the service is available at cdta.org
"We are excited to partner with Live Nation and SPAC to offer concert goers a safe and affordable driving alternative this summer while attending their favorite shows," said CDTA Chairman David M. Stackrow. "Our new trolley service will help facilitate traffic flow, ease parking and give concertgoers a safe and stress-free night out by leaving the driving to us."
SPAC President Marcia White noted that the new service represents a "terrific new option for concertgoers. The shuttle offers both convenience and value and will alleviate congestion in and around the Park. I am grateful to CDTA and Live Nation for spearheading this new initiative."
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