Concert venue operator won't comment on lawsuit

Concert venue operator won't comment on lawsuit

Moments before scores of concert-goers spilled over a failed railing at the BB&T Pavilion and plunged almost 10 feet below, performers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa could be heard on video recordings encouraging guests to flock toward the stage.

A partition separating the lawn from a secondary stage set up at the rear of the seating section collapsed shortly after the show began August 5 at Camden's BB&T Pavilion, causing people to fall roughly 10 feet onto the concrete below. After Snoop Dogg and Khalifa were ushered off the stage, the concert was canceled.

Attorneys have not said what damages they are seeking in the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in a Philadelphia court. The suit states that Snoop and Wiz yelled, "Everybody in the mother-ing grass bring your ass down here" right before the collapse.

"What happened here should have been prevented", said Andrew Duffy, who also works at Mongeluzzi's firm.

Live Nation, which operates the venue, announced after the incident that it had "secured" the section of railing that had collapsed. There is no excuse for Live Nation permitting a clearly hazardous stage configuration within close proximity to a clearly inadequate railing above a steep six-foot drop off onto a concrete walkway.

Jeffery P. Goodman added one his clients is a freshman in college who suffered " a concussion so severe that she won't be able to take part in the sport that she was going to school for".

The railing separated fans from a sloping lawn near the concert area.

These types of preventative measures could have kept anyone from getting hurt in the first place, he said. In a statement, the company said it was consulting with authorities and structural engineers to determine what caused the collapse.

Paperwork for the lawsuit was filed Wednesday.

Three of the people suing were employees of the BB&T Pavilion, while owners of the venue, Live Nation, have also been accused of dodgy repairs on the railing previous year.

Attorneys for Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa had no comment on the matter.

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