Cincinnati Mayor Dedicates Memorial To ‘79 Concert Victims

People killed in the crowd rush at a 1979 concert by The Who in Cincinnati now have a memorial in the city.

The Cincinnati Enquirer  reports Mayor John Cranley dedicated the memorial marker in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday night. He told families of people killed in the tragedy that the city would never forget.

Eleven were killed and about two dozen injured on Dec. 3, 1979, when the crowd rushed a few open doors at the then-Riverfront Coliseum before the show, which was general admission with no assigned seating.

A candle inside a lantern was lit for each of the victims and a moment of silence was shared Thursday night. Those attending cheered as the marker was unveiled.

Photo: Meg Vogel/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP
Honoring the people killed and injured in Cincinnati waiting to see The Who at then-Riverfront Colosseum 36 years ago (click on image for complete photo).

The tragedy led to local and state laws regarding crowd control.