Armory Shows Under Scrutiny

Officials with Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, N.Y., are working with the city to keep hosting events after three police officers were injured while trying to disperse an unruly crowd there Oct. 18. 

City code enforcement issued a cease and desist order to the venue following the incident during a “Barstool Blackout Tour” foam party, according to the Times Union

The officers sustained minor injuries when a crowd of about 2,000 people tried to enter the venue at once. Some attendees got feisty as police attempted to break up the cattle drive as a safety precaution. Seven people were arrested. 
The venue was reportedly cited because the EDM/foam party is considered more of a nightclub event than a concert, which isn’t allowed under its zoning.  
As a result, an Oct. 26 “Masquerave” party was rescheduled for Nov. 30.
However, an Oct. 27 Festival of the Dead, an annual fundraiser to benefit Albany Medical Center, was allowed to take place after the parties worked out an agreement.
Armory spokesman Michael Corts told the Times Union officials are working with the city to ensure all future events go on as planned.