New rules not a hit with all concert-goers

Full story: Stamford Advocate

Some grumbled at the new rules, some took them in stride, one family even brought their dog -- a tradition, they said -- but in the end, the debut show of the Alive@Five con cert series drew hundreds of people to Columbus Park.

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Saddened

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Stop complaining!
Let them in

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hey, if they're in line, let them in
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I pay a ton of taxes to live in Stamford. They should offer a discounted season pass to this concert series for Stamford residents.
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greed,greed,greed
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Its not gonna last
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Jun 26, 2009
 
Stamford "The City That Does Not Work"! People are getting forclosed on and laid off left and right. The only thing that the City can do is charge for a concert that was Free for the last 12 years. Why was it free when economic times were easier? This sucks and stop picking on teenagers!
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I was there last night and I thought it the lack of a crowd was great. You could actually move around and not be bombarded by underage drunk kids(I am 27 FYI). I consider $5 a good price to pay for that. The train ride home however was held up for 10 minutes by some drunk kid from New Canaan who said that his daddy paid his train fare. It was to the point where the MTA police had to be involved. Great times
Blues Lover

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I think it is a HUGELY bad idea. The image of an avid musiclover constrained by work obligations, traffic or age being denied the joy ( and inspiration...as in nourishing the spirit ) that these formerly free and OPEN community events provided...diminishes the Spirit of the event the ALive At Five concerts WERE.

I am a longtime Stamford resident no matter what the signature here says.
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"I think it's odd to charge $5 admission during an economic downturn,"

It would be odder to continue to have "free" concerts - which is paid for by the City, and therefore I think, from the citizens' tax dollars - during a budgetary shortfall.

What's less important - teachers, police, roads, or concerts?
L Bow Marconi

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Jun 26, 2009
 
Taxed2death wrote:
I pay a ton of taxes to live in Stamford. They should offer a discounted season pass to this concert series for Stamford residents.
I'd support that if it the discount was restricted to those who pay taxes to the city in some form.
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Jun 26, 2009
 
Some people are crazy...Why would anyone pay fee to get in plus parking....I don't do business with these kind of poeple.

To the restaurant owners: You want to bring business to your place....start by offering FREE parking and entrance fee. You will see how much more business you will receive.
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Five Dollars is a great deal to see great bands like Smash Mouth there was 2 other bands there the $5 fee also weeded out the usual trouble makers that attend these events. If you went to see them @ MSG you would pay a hell of a lot more than that, and you would not even be able to see the band up as close.
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I understand that this is supposed to help with crowd control and yadda yadda yadda. But there is one concern you will never be able to address. Yes, it might be a problem that underage people are drinking and going to the shows and causing a little trouble, but setting a time limit for them to get there only tells these kids they need to start "preparing" earlier. Is there a cop with a breathalyzer at the start of this admission line? Does it mean they are testing every underage kid who tries to get in, and turns away the ones who blow higher than 0.0? I doubt it, so how does setting a time really help? Want to know a little secret? There are "concert staff" (most of which are underage students) selling alcoholic beverages, not only to adults, but their friends! No way! That would never happen....not in Stamford, where kids bring water bottles filled with vodka to school on a daily basis. Want to solve some more problems? if you're not going to let in anyone under 21 after 6:30 because of drinking and rowdiness (at a concert...this isn't anything close to a crazy rock concert, and they're treating it like woodstock) then you should make sure the people handling concessions are of age themselves.
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I would like to suggest that the Alive @ 5 concert series be moved to a band shell at Scalzi Park. There is plenty of parking, much more room for concert goers, easier access to the venue than fighting gridlock downtown during rush hour, and the restaurants surrounding Columbus Park could set up portable stands to sell their food out of. If there was a "no alcohol" rule it would also make the crowd much easier to control.
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L Bow Marconi wrote:
"I think it's odd to charge $5 admission during an economic downturn,"
It would be odder to continue to have "free" concerts - which is paid for by the City, and therefore I think, from the citizens' tax dollars - during a budgetary shortfall.
What's less important - teachers, police, roads, or concerts?
Your point of view is correct.

However, the series is not supported by citizens' tax dollars. The DSSD lost a lot of corporate backing; and its income is derived from a special tax override it collects from downtown building owners (not city-wide).
Taxpayer

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As a Stamford resident I think these charges are a good idea although a higher fee for non-Stamford residents would be an even better idea. Ever try to go to New Canaan for the fireworks as a non-resident? Or to the beaches in Greenwich or Darien as a non-resident? Only Stamford seems to think it is its duty to provide free or cheap (as in the case of the two city golf courses) for non-residents.
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It's always a negative spin with the Advocate.$5 to see major recording acts is a great deal, give me a break. Is Subway out of line for charging $5 for their subs?
Same thing for the underage issue. They could of just said under 18 not admitted at all. Just get there before 6:30 and stop your whining!
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Jun 26, 2009
 
Dance to the boogie (get down) cause boogie nights are always the best in town... got to keep on dancin' , keep on dancin'.
David

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Taxpayer wrote:
Only Stamford seems to think it is its duty to provide free or cheap (as in the case of the two city golf courses) for non-residents.
Non resident rates at the golf courses are twice the rates residents pay and are right in line what other area courses charge non residents. Also, the golf courses are self sufficient.
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Jun 26, 2009
 
You cheap cigarette hijackers! Pay the five bucks or don't go!

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