Fans in denim shorts, tank tops, flannel shirts and cowboy hats began to fill North Shore parking lots early Saturday under cloudy skies and mild temperatures for a summer concert at Heinz Field by rising star Luke Bryan.
“This is my favorite day of the year,” said Andrea Savage, 22, of Peters, who attended the country music concert with seven of her closest friends. “We got our beer last night and got here at 11 a.m. so we’d have all day. I only wish this day was longer.”
Despite a show expected to draw an estimated 50,000 people, the pre-concert revelry was more subdued, people said, than last year’s Kenny Chesney summer concert, during which fans left behind 45,000 to 60,000 pounds of garbage in North Shore streets and parking lots. Last year, Pittsburgh police arrested or cited 73 people, and paramedics treated 150 in and around Heinz Field.
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