Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Prepared For Severe Weather

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Will the rain put a damper on the first outdoor concert this year at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater?

It has turned into a beautiful afternoon and evening at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater after several rounds of thunderstorms and threatening weather earlier Thursday.

It is opening day for their summer country concert series. Brad Paisley hits the stage and organizers are expecting a big, big crowd.

But with threatening weather earlier, some folks may have had second thoughts about coming out this evening with memories of the Indiana State Fair Stage collapse in August of 2011 still fresh on their minds.

On that evening, a wicked late summer thunderstorm blew across the fairgrounds sending out a powerful gust of wind that toppled the temporary stage.

Seven people were killed and 58 others were injured.

Crews at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater want concert goers to know they take their safety very seriously. While there is a ‘rain or shine’ policy printed right on the ticket, they have and will take the necessary action including pausing the concert and allowing folks to shelter in their cars, if dangerous weather becomes a real concern.  Concert goers I spoke with are optimistic no drastic measures will be needed for Thursday night’s season opener.

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