No alcohol at concert upsets some fans - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/10/09

No alcohol at concert upsets some fans

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - News of no alcohol at what organizers were billing as "the biggest outdoor rock show Lubbock has ever seen" spread fast.

NewsChannel 11 caught up with fans waiting in line to go into the Lone Star Events Center to catch the rock concert. Most fans had heard the news of no alcohol inside the concert, but outside the gates it was a different story. "I was mad. I was upset. We've been to concerts out here before and always been able to drink," says fan Debra Verschuern.

Not this time though, no alcohol was allowed inside the concert. But as empty bottles outside the gates suggested, fans didn't let that stop them.  "It's just part of it. You do what you gotta do drink before you get there," said one fan as he was on his way to get in line. For some fans, it was all about the show. "It's all about the music baby, rock and roll."

Others were concerned about safety. "There are people out in the parking lot pounding before they come in. It's going to make things worse with people drinking and driving," said Peter Smuda.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission denied the application that would allow the Lone Star Events Center to sell alcohol on Thursday. Michael Lockhart with TABC told NewsChannel 11, "the TABC denied the application for a temporary catering permit because they had previous public safety violations and continue to have problems at the amphitheater," said Sgt. Lockhart.

Lockhart says the owner of the events center used to own Jake's Sports Café, and TABC is currently investigating Jake's. Pending the investigation Lockhart says the TABC will probably not approve any permits for alcohol sales at the center.

"Party in the parking lot tonight," said one fan, and he was right. "We came here to have a good time and that's what we are going to do," said one fan who was in the parking lot.

The next concert scheduled is an all day event. The 23rd Annual Easter Bash, scheduled for Sunday, April 12, is listed as a BYOB event. We'll follow the TABC investigation and let you know if that's the case.

4/10/09
No alcohol sales at Lubbock amphitheater
Concert promoters expected more than 5,000 people at Friday night's rock concert at the Lone Star Amphitheater, but Thursday they got some news they think may hurt the turnout. NewsChannel 11's Brittany Pieper explains.

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