Bon Secours Show’s Potty Woes
The Sept. 27 show reportedly had only 16 porta-johns to service more than 4,000 fans, and was stressed by lengthy lines for the bathrooms.
The lines were so long some concertgoers even hopped a fence and went into the nearby woods when nature called, one attendee told the local WTVR News.
“Everybody was frustrated, even Rascal Flatts said something,” Bridgette Rappe said. “We left. We didn’t stay for the rest of the concert.”
Rappe added that the scene was somewhat chaotic, with fans urinating on hills and against fences.
Other concertgoers took to Facebook to voice their displeasure. One woman complained she stood in line “over 45 minutes twice and had to listen to it while standing in line at the 8 (EIGHT) porta-potties they had. I would like to know how many people attended! AND who made that major mistake!”
In a statement to Pollstar, SMG, which organized the show, acknowledged the problem, noting this was the first time a concert took place at the facility.
“While the porta-john issue has been a focal point, we have received as many, positive comments on utilizing the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center for events such as Rascal Flatts,” the statement said. “As event organizers, we strive to provide a good event every time. The site was laid out using industry standards based on ticket sales.
“We have heard loud and clear from our patrons and will be sure to address these issues in upcoming events but overall were pleased with the success of the event.”