Hartford police were out in full force at the Xfinity Theatre for the “Chance the Rapper” sold-out show Friday night.
Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said 50 underage drinking referrals were made in parking lots surrounding the venue.
The arrests were made in an area where special detail had been assigned as part of a underage drinking enforcement grant facilitated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
More than 70 officers were assigned to the event.
Most of the underage people charged, who were in their late teens and early 20's, were issued summonses on a promise to appear.
Officials said tailgating, partying and excessive alcohol consumption was extremely prevalent.
They said more than 90 people were transported to hospitals by ambulance for severe intoxication and that many of those people were underage.
A video posted on Twitter from the Deputy Chief Brain Foley showed a large crowd of people preparing for the show in the parking lot.
1:2 HPD has made a high number of Underage Drinking Referrals. I'm told there was an extraordinary number of EMS transports of severe ETOH. pic.twitter.com/22oqv5OCUk— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) July 22, 2017
Deputy Chief Foley said ‘additional steps will have to be taken to address these issues at these concerts.”
A Lady Antebellum concert is scheduled for Saturday night but police said they are expecting the event to be much calmer than Friday night's concert.
Police said they plan on continuing to enforce underage drinking at similar events and warned parents to educate their children about the risks and consequences of such activity.
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