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.

10 Responses

  1. JT says:

    If you had really decent people attending these events and acting like normal, courteous individuals, enormous police presence would not be needed.

  2. STEPHEN W. VASIL says:

    9, 000 people in attendance and only 27 police officers on duty? That’s one officer for every 333 concert goers. This is a recipe for disaster when one considers the effects of drugs and alcohol on those in attendance. Put guns into the mix and you really have a great risk for trouble. Maybe the city should seriously consider limting attendance and selling tickets in advance. I remember when these shows started back in the 90’s. The crowds were manageable and the police were not overwhelmed. It’s gotten out of hand.

  3. Kevin says:

    This event was established to drive the economy of Downtown Stamford. Move it and you defeat its purpose. I suggest a second entry point.

  4. conroy says:

    drug culture being perpetuated

  5. farley213 says:

    And the rest of the city suffers for it! Drunken idiots spilling out into the streets, not letting cars pass, thinking they can do whatever they want because, hey, it’s Alive at Five Thursday! It’s like New Year’s Eve amateur hour every week in Stamford over the Summer!! It needs to end. Alive at Five used to be a fun time, block-party type of atmosphere, a place where you could go with friends and just enjoy. Now it’s a free-for-all with kids binge drinking and making it impossible to get around the city on a Thursday night. People don’t feel safe. Had friends in from out of town who have been here many times for work and they decided to go right back to their hotel because they were uneasy walking around downtown. Now there aren’t enough police for Alive at Five let alone the rest of the city? Great. Hope no one needs to call 911!

  6. Pat says:

    When there is 3 popular bands playing, Columbus Park is too small to have this concert. They should move it to another location or have each band play at a separate concert. When I got to Alive @ 5 I couldn’t get in due to the Fire Marshall would not let any more people in. I was very disappointed. I been going to Alive @ 5 every year.

  7. Billy says:

    They should have these in the park across the street and close Washington Boulevard in that region. Let the restaurants have kiosks /tents around the park area where they can sell a quicker version of some foods..Then have a few big screens in the present Columbus park area for patrons who want to stay in the actual restaurants, hear the music, but watch on a monitor.

  8. Fred says:

    This activity should be moved somewhere else.

  9. con says:

    This is why I don’t go to Live @ 5. Why cant City fine some were else to have this. The street are not BIG enough to have all these people there.

  10. con says:

    This is why I don’t go to Live @ 5. Why cant City find some were else to have this. The street are not BIG enough to have all these people there.