Police Battle Gate Crashers With Tear Gas, Arrests Outside WQHT (Hot 97)/New York 'Summer Jam'
June 8, 2015 at 9:19 AM (PT)
EMMIS Top 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97)/NEW YORK will be dealing with the fallout of their HOT 97 SUMMER JAM concert, after multiple arrests were made at the annual event at METLIFE STADIUM SUNDAY night (6/7).
As ALL ACCESS reported in MARCH (NET NEWS 3/31), the concert offered a STADIUM STAGE featuring KENDRICK LAMAR, CHRIS BROWN, TREY SONGZ, BIG SEAN, FABOLOUS & FRIENDS, MEEK MILL, TY DOLLA $IGN & FRIENDS, OMARION, CHILDISH GAMBINO and more. The Festival Stage had performances by TRAVI$ SCOTT, B.o.B, JOEY BADA$$, DEJ LOAF and TEYANA TAYLOR.
WPIX-TV/NEW YORK reports, "NEW JERSEY State Police said security personnel at one of the entrance gates to METLIFE STADIUM were confronted by crowds attempting to illegally enter the sold out SUMMER JAM concert by climbing over fences and forcing their way through security personnel. The gates were closed and troopers were called for assistance from nearby stations to help maintain order, police said."
A NEW JERSEY State Police statement issued at the time of the meleé said, "This evening, security personnel at one of the entrance gates to METLIFE STADIUM were confronted by crowds attempting to illegally enter the sold out SUMMER JAM concert by climbing over fences and forcing their way through security personnel. The gates have been shut and troopers on site have called for assistance from several nearby stations to help maintain order. Troopers and stadium security officials are insisting that all people outside of the gates depart the METLIFE grounds to avoid congestion when the concert lets out. There is no number of arrests available at this time.”
The station posted on its website, "Due to strong demand for tickets for SUMMER JAM 2015, the show sold out early this evening.
"When fans realized tickets were not available at the box office, a small number of people created an unsafe environment, and for the safety of all guests, the NEW JERSEY State Police were on scene to disperse the crowd. The gates were closed at that time. No further entry was permitted into the event.
"For ticket holders whose tickets were not scanned, refunds will be offered at the point of purchase."
“The SUMMER JAM performances were unbelievable,” said EMMIS/NEW YORK GM DEON LEVINGSTON. “Each year I’m blown away by the incredible talent that hits the stage, as well as the immense response we get from our audience. This year, due to strong demand for tickets, the show sold out in the early evening. When fans realized tickets were no longer available at the box office, a small number of individuals created an unsafe environment. The NEW JERSEY State Police took steps to ensure the safety of concertgoers and our employees, which is always our top priority. Hip Hop culture has proven time after time that it is resilient, and in that same spirit, we thank our SUMMER JAM artists for bringing our loyal and passionate fans another unforgettable show.”