Safety study planned at Illinois university auditorium

Safety study planned at Illinois university auditorium (WICS)

Officials at the University of Illinois in Springfield say an outside consulting firm will review safety issues at the Sangamon Auditorium following the death of a concertgoer this year.

University spokesman Blake Wood tells a local newspaper that Grey and Associates of Champaign will conduct the study, which is expected to cost about $5,000. Wood says university officials expect the results by September, but he wouldn't say if they'll be made public.

Police say 51-year-old John Kremitzki fell through an opening near the auditorium's main stage in March during a break in a Pink Floyd tribute show. Another patron, Greg Hoffman, was injured trying to help Kremitzki. Both men fell about 17 feet.

Wood says university officials will evaluate the report before deciding how to address any potential recommendations.

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