Increased security at Luke Bryan's Springfield concert
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Those at the Luke Bryan Farm Tour concert at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Friday probably noticed there were more uniformed officers than you’re used to seeing.
Penny Gross drove all the way from Lansing, Michigan to see the show.
"We travel for Luke," Gross said.
While Sunday’s shooting in Vegas was still fresh in the minds of many, Gross wasn’t concerned heading into the concert.
"We Americans can't be afraid,” Gross said. “We've got to continue to live our lives without being afraid. As long as everybody stays aware of their surroundings and knows what's going on around them, we're all going to be safe and we're here to have a good time."
That's the mantra I heard from many I spoke with ahead of the event.
"I don't think there's going to be any issues," said Emily Green, a concert-goer from Mt. Zion.
The Illinois State Police were doing everything they can to keep concert-goers safe.
Their agency, along with the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, will have the grounds secure.
"Know that we're there,” said Trp. Sean Ramsey, District 9 Safety Education and Public Information Officer with the Illinois State Police. “We're there for your protection. There's going to be officers, again, at every gate, but we're also going to be all over inside the venue also making sure everybody's having a safe and a good time."
There's also no elevated surfaces close to the track.
"That is something we keep in mind where somebody can get a vantage point, and again this, with this venue, we're not going to see that capability with the buildings and structures that are around,” Ramsey said.
Up to 20,000 tickets are available for Friday’s concert. Illinois State Police estimated about 13,000 had been sold.