90 Chance Fans Hospitalized For Severe Alcohol Intoxication At Hartford Concert
About 50 of those hospitalized were underage.
July 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm
This time, however, we have some Chance-related news that sadly isn't quite as positive.
This weekend, more than 90 fans were hospitalized for alcohol intoxication at Hot 93.7's Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut where the Coloring Book artist was performing.
And according to CNN, more than half of that number were under the legal drinking age.
According to a tweet by Deputy Chief Brian Foley, Hartford Police helped to deliver the intoxicated concertgoers to the emergency room.
Busy night for HPD at Chance the Rapper concert. 50 Underage Drinking referrals. 90+ Ambulance transports to regional hospitals. pic.twitter.com/Pe3KtlWbb4— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) July 22, 2017
The Chance concert was neither the first nor the last area concert to require medical evacuation for the overly intoxicated.
Foley has advocated for the eradication of this issue and has even shared statistics of minors being hospitalized at concerts such as Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and more.
Lady Antebellum Concert last night:
7 people transported to hospital.
18 Underage Drinking Referrals— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) July 23, 2017
The Chance concert, was however, the worst.
"A typical concert is around 20-30 transports. Sixty would be very bad. We had 70 once and 90 last night," Foley told the Hartford Courant.
Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz told the Courant that the "constant cycling of transports" overwhelmed the department. Hospitals were overwhelmed as well, with patients being sent to hospitals in nearby towns due to the number of people needing treatment.
In the future, "additional steps will have to be taken to address these issues at these concerts," Foley told CNN.