Champions Square GM Talks Security For October 26th Jason Aldean Show
In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, Jason Aldean canceled some shows this week out of respect for the victims. Aldean's tour is scheduled to resume October 12th, so it looks like the New Orleans show is still going to happen. Nola.com spoke with the general manager of Champions Square to discuss how the Las Vegas shootings will impact the upcoming New Orleans show.
Alan Freeman, general manager of Champions Square plaza, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center tells nola.com that security will be the top priority for the Jason Aldean show as well as all other events.
Freeman insists that all entrances to all public performances at the Dome, Smoothie King Center, and Champions Square are and will be carefully monitored.
From nola.com -
Freeman explained that just five years ago, random bag checks at concert entrances were seen as sufficient defense against violence. Then manual pat-downs, which some ticket buyers felt were too intrusive, were added to the security routine. Pat-downs were replaced with metal-detecting wands, which were effective, but tedious. Now, as any concert-goer can attest, everyone passes through an airport-style metal detector before entering a music show.
Freeman says for the upcoming Aldean show they will be "hitting the pause button to see what we can do to make these events as safe as possible."
As of now, Freeman insists there are no plans to pause or cancel any of the upcoming events at the Superdome, Champions Square or the Smoothie King Center.