In April, dozens of Forest Hills Gardens residents expressed their worries over the summer concert series at the revamped Forest Hills Stadium.
Last Saturday, the Zac Brown Band, a Grammy Award-winning country rock group, played the first of the venue’s four concerts of the summer.
According to the 112th Precinct, an area official and the head of the venue, those worries were unfounded.
Over 10,000 people crammed into the former US Open venue on Saturday night to watch the Zac Brown Band tear through a 25-song set, and despite the throngs of people descending on Forest Hills, 112th Precinct Captain Thomas Conforti tweeted the day after the show that no incidents were reported.
“Saturday, there were 14 incidents reported in the 112th Precinct, including one grand larceny. No incidents were reported related to the concert,” Conforti wrote on the social media site. “Special thanks to all 112th Precinct residents and all Zac Brown Band fans for having a great event last night.”
West Side Tennis Club President Roland Meier attended the concert and also said he hasn’t heard any complaints from residents who live around the stadium.
“I have had no feedback from residents,” Meier said. “As far as the West Side Tennis Club is concerned the event was well organized, the Zac Brown show was terrific and the membership is very happy. In other words, the perfect day.”
Community Board 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio said in an email that he was scheduled to attend a meeting to discuss the concert on Wednesday, but he had not heard of any incidents as a result of the Zac Brown Band show.
“As it stands now, there were no major issues reported here,” Gulluscio said.
The lack of disruptive activity from concert attendees this year stands in stark contrast to what some residents said occurred at the Mumford & Sons sold-out concert last August.
At April’s meeting hosted by Meier and the concert series’ promoters, dozens of residents told stories of fans of the popular folk rock band urinating on their lawns and smoking marijuana in close proximity to their homes, making for a disruptive night.
Since last fall, the stadium has been under renovation. A new, permanent stage was installed, as were new seats and handrails.
There are three more concerts planned for the summer, with the first being a show by indie rock bands Modest Mouse and Brand New on Aug. 9.
Global rap superstars and Grammy Award-winners Drake and Lil Wayne will grace the stage less than two weeks later on Aug. 19.
The series will end with a show by popular alternative rock group The Replacements on Sept. 19.