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Fewer arrests, citations, but more treated at latest Chesney concert, Pittsburgh police say

Alex Felser
| Sunday, May 31, 2015 2:18 p.m
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Country music superstar Kenny Chesney shows off a caricature of himself as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during The Big Revival Tour Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Kenny Chesney's Big Revival Tour stormed into Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Kenny Chesney greets fans in Pittsburgh during The Big Revival Tour Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Kenny Chesney brings The Big Revival Tour to Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Eric Church opened his set with 'Springsteen' during Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour in Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Eric Church takes the stage during Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour in Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Eric Church hands a guitar pick to a fan during Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour in Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Eric Church performs during Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour in Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Eric Church performs during Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour in Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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A truck sprays down a parking lot outside of Heinz Field on the North Shore on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
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Pittsburgh and Heinz Field authorities are taking steps to control the tailgating prior to the June 2 Kenny Chesney concert. Here, concert-goers tailgate in the Heinz Field parking lot before the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
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Joe Kincher, 21, rides in a shopping cart pushed by Max Hine, 21, of Oakland on Saturday, May 30, 2015, before the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.
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Joe Tursak, 24, of the West End takes a shot of alcohol while tailgating in a Heinz Field parking lot before the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
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Trash litters a Heinz Field parking lot Saturday, May 30, 2015, before the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.
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Concert-goers cool their heels in a Heinz Field parking lot before the Kenny Chesney concert on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
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Jamie Kuservich, Nathan Leary and Neil Rowman eat under a semi-truck trailer Saturday, May 30, 2015, while waiting for the rain to pass before the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.
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Tailgaters try to break up a fight on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in a Heinz Field parking lot before the Kenny Chesney concert.
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The remnants of a smashed street lamp litter a sidewalk outside PNC Park near where Kenny Chensy fans tailgated Saturday, May 30, 2015.
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Brendan Miskevicz of Carrick fills up a swimming pool set up by his father, Dennis, during tailgating before the Kenny Chesney concert Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Heinz Field on the North Shore.
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Jessica Camp, 26, of Point Breeze applies sunscreen while tailgating on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in a Heinz Field parking lot before the Kenny Chesney concert.
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Steve Meneely sets up a game of beer pong on Saturday, May 30, 2015, before the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.
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A Pittsburgh police officer blocks the intersection of Tony Dorsett Drive and Reedsdale Street on Saturday, May 30, 2015, before the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.
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Police arrest a tailgater on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in a Heinz Field parking lot before the Kenny Chesney concert.
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A man who says he was assaulted talks to police Saturday, May 30, 2015, before the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.
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Vehicles line up along Merchant Street on the North Side on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in anticipation of the scheduled 1 p.m. opening of parking lots for the Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field.
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Country music superstar Kenny Chesney shows off a caricature of himself as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during The Big Revival Tour Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.
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Eric Church hands a guitar pick to a fan during Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour in Pittsburgh Saturday, May 30 at Heinz Field.

Kenny Chesney fans were better behaved during the country music star’s return Saturday to Heinz Field than they were two years ago, authorities said Sunday.

Pittsburgh police made 10 arrests, wrote eight citations and issued a court summons at the concert, Assistant Police Chief Thomas Stangrecki said.

That’s down from 73 arrests and citations during Chesney’s 2013 show, which made national headlines for fans’ unruly behavior.

“This was an embarrassment for a lot of Kenny Chesney fans two years ago,” Guy Costa, the city’s operations chief, said.

Most of the arrests Saturday were for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, Stangrecki said.

The most serious arrest involved a man who threw a chair at police during a tailgating party in a parking lot. He was charged with assaulting an officer, Stangrecki said.

“Anytime you have 55,000 people, you’re going to have arrests,” said Costa, referring to the number of people who attended the concert.

In 2013, many fans began tailgating before 9 a.m. On Saturday, lots were not opened until 1 p.m.

“Limiting the time folks could be in the parking lots helped alleviate some of the problems,” Costa said.

Paramedics treated about 170 people in and around Heinz Field, up from 150 during Chesney’s 2013 concert, said Bob Farrow, Pittsburgh’s deputy EMS chief.

Two tailgaters were sent to the hospital with “very minor injuries” when a storm toppled trees on Federal Street, Farrow said.

The majority of medical calls were alcohol-related, he said.

Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or traap@tribweb.com.

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