Rolling Rock Gathers No Moss, Sells Out Despite Threats
Organizers of the August 5 event announced that, while the allotted 20,000 tickets were sold, a “limited” number of comps would be available for those who didn’t scrape up the $33 ticket price.
The limited number is 10,000 – 15,000, and the tickets will be given away by radio stations and in Rolling Rock beer promotions across the country, a festival spokesman told Pollstar.
In addition to the freebies, the concert will be webcast at Rollingstone.com and televised as a pay-per-view event the day of the show, the spokesman said. Details will be announced next week.
An ominous cloud hovering over the entire event continues with the threat of a lawsuit by a local judge that could include an injunction to bring the festival to a crashing halt.
Common Pleas Judge William J. Ober filed a “notice of intent” in April to sue Latrobe Brewing (the festival’s sponsor); and Westmoreland Fair Association, which owns the fairgrounds where the event will be held. Ober’s attorney had refused to specify what the complaint would ask of the courts, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Eight other nearby property owners have joined Ober in accusing the Westmoreland Fair Association of violating various township ordinances in connection with the event, according to the Post-Gazette.
The judge has so far failed to carry out his threat to request an injunction, though the intent to sue filing is still pending, according to the festival spokesperson.
One of Ober’s concerns was whether the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds venue could handle a throng of 40,000 – a figure he arrived at by estimating 25,000 tickets sold and 15,000 comps. Ober reportedly owns 131 acres of farmland adjacent to the fairgrounds.
Rolling Rock spokesperson Darin Wolf told the Post-Gazette the brewer’s “No. 1 goal is to have a safe, enjoyable day for all.” To that end, Wolf said that 250 private, unarmed security guards will be on duty and Pennsylvania State Police plan to have extra officers on routine patrol. Westmoreland County deputies will also be on alert.
Fair association secretary Jim Nicola said he did not expect problems with traffic, although the roads serving the site are two-lanes. The fairgrounds reportedly have five parking lots that can handle up to 23,000 cars.