The Times Union Center is learning from another venue's mistake before playing host to it's first "foam party." Tickets for this weekend's event went on sale Tuesday, and as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, event planners are taking extra precautions to make sure history doesn't repeat itself.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- All is quiet at the Times Union Center Tuesday morning, but Saturday night will be a whole other story.
"It's our first foam party," said Doug McClaine.
Tickets for the event went on sale Tuesday. Lights, music, and obviously, lots of foam will make the guest list, but TU officials say they're taking extra precautions to make sure any problems, don't.
McClaine said, "We limited our capacity down to 2,500, then what it would be normally. We have extra security guards on for the size of the show."
And the extra security doesn't come unwarranted. Last year a 'foam party' held at the Washington Ave Armory ended with seven people getting arrested and three police officers suffering from minor injuries.
"The common misconception is that the issues we had at the armory had anything to do with foam," said Michael Corts.
Instead GM, Michael Corts, says the armory simply wasn't prepared for the nearly 2,000 party goers that got out of hand.
"The isolated incident at the armory had everything to do with crowd control at the venue. The Armory is back in action with entirely new staff and new procedures to move people into the building swift and safe," Corts said.
This weekend's event is put on by a different promoting group than the one held at the armory, but event planners say it never hurts to be overly cautious.
McClaine said, "In booking in any event there's always concerns with the safety of our patrons so we have our meetings with APD, EMS staff, event staff, and security, so we're all on board prior to the event happening."
McClaine says the party gets underway at 8:00 pm and ends around 11:30 p.m.