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Thousands gear up for Zac Brown Band concert in Hartford

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Crowds tailgated ahead of the Zac Brown Band concert. (WFSB) Crowds tailgated ahead of the Zac Brown Band concert. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A sure sign winter is over, is the beginning of another concert season at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford. 

The Zac Brown Band kicked off the summer series on Thursday night, and a crowd of more than 17,000 is expected.

Hartford police and city officials have been preparing for the season for quite some time.

Big crowds can bring big problems if the things get out of control, so police will be out in large numbers along with the fire department, and emergency medical staff, to assist as best they can.

The tailgaters began arriving very early Thursday afternoon, more than five hours before the concert's 8 p.m. start. 

“This is my first Zac Brown Band concert, but I've been here a bunch of times. Like you said, first one of the season. It's going to be awesome,” said Matt Breton of Hartford.

Hartford has a large number of officers working the event hoping to assist in making things run as smoothly as possible.

“There's a great deal of planning that goes into every event that we host in Hartford. We've seen most of the artists before and we know what to expect crowd wise,” said Hartford Police Lt. Brandon O’Brien.

Police said they will be looking for underage drinking and those who are abusing the law.

“This part right here, tailgating, the open space, the tailgating. It's a blast every time,” said Emily Bowtruczwk of Newington.

“Just having fun with family, we usually have our daughter, but she's away in college, but I have my good friend who I haven't seen in years to make up for it,” said Jenn Ford of Granby.

Check out a behind the scenes look before the concert here.

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