Stamford police stretched thin for Alive@Five

st0726stalive-690STAMFORD — More than 9,000 people crowded Columbus Park and the surounding downtown area for Thursday night’s Alive@Five concert featuring a trio of 1990s bands that stretched the city’s police force to its limit and has officials reevaluating how to handle the crowds.

Stamford police Capt. Tom Wuennemann said additional officers had to be called in to handle the crowd as people started to push to get into the designated concert area within the small park causing a safety concern.

Police closed down Atlantic Street to vehicular traffic and called in additional officers to complement the 27 officers hired by the Downtown Special Services District.

Wuennemann said concert organizers are looking at “reconfiguring and streamlining the entry process to facilitate the crowds better” for the remaining three shows of the popular summer consert series that will culminate Aug. 14 with The Beach Boys.

Police said there were no arrests at the concert featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and Blues Traveler, but numerous people were turned away who arrived intoxicated. Wuemmemann said some required medical assistance.