Eric Church concert breaks Encana Events Centre attendance record

Due to contract issues, the official number can't be released, but police estimate it was close to 5,300 people in attendance. The previous attendance record was held by Alan Jackson for his show in November 2009.

Encana Events Centre Market Manager Brent Hodson explains that in anticipation of such a large crowd, security measures were beefed up prior to the show. 
 
"To ensure that the evening ran smoothly with the large crowd that we had that broke attendance records, we made sure to have more staff in both security and services." 
 
He adds that prior to the show extra people were also taught in Trained Crowd Management, which is a system that deals with any problems that may occur, helps with movement after the concert and prepares for any disasters like a fire.
 
Those measures proved to be effective, as despite what Dawson RCMP Sergeant Scott West calls a "packed house", there were relatively few issues from a security standpoint, and fans seemed to behave themselves. No charges were laid against anyone at the centre, although one person was detained and released and several others were escorted out for various reasons.
 
Vehicles were also pulled over in town before and after the event, and West says it appears any possible impaired drivers were "being responsible and taking a safe, sober option".
 
Photos from the event are below:
 

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