Dublin Villager

Good weather, entertainment brought big crowds to concert

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A big crowd at Dublin's Independence Day Celebration concert left some people outside the celebration.

With comfortable weather and a Friday holiday, Dublin officials said they planned for a large crowd and had to monitor the number of people coming in and leaving the celebration inside the Dublin Coffman High School Stadium later in the evening.

"We knew that could happen," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, a Dublin events administrator. "We have been making plans," she said.

"Given the fact that it was Friday night and the weather was perfect people came out in droves. We made plans to be sure that people who were in there were safe."

The stadium gates opened at 4:30 p.m. and the free concert featured the Emerald City Swing Orchestra, The Floorwalkers and headliner Earth, Wind & Fire.

"We planned that if there got to be a number of people inside the stadium we had to safeguard that number by limiting people (coming) in and out," DiSalvo said.

"The numbers were based on the fire marshal's recommendation."

Many people arrived later in the evening and had to wait to get in or didn't make it inside for the fireworks.

"When the gates opened at 4:30 p.m. there was plenty of space," said Sara O'Malley, a member of the events planning department in Dublin.

"It really happened after 8 p.m. closer to the fireworks," O'Malley said.

The 2014 celebration and resident comments will be taken into consideration when planning future Independence Day festivities, DiSalvo said.

A survey about the event is currently on the city's website at dublinohiousa.gov/independence-day-celebration/.

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