By now you’ve probably seen the news on Twitter or PT that the cops are going to be coming down hard on Phish fans are they make their way into Saratoga for the two-night run at SPAC starting this Saturday. The band is playing two nights in Hartford before arriving in New York but the Saratoga police squad has already made it widely known that they’re going to be cracking down on folks arriving to see the show. They did this recently when Dave Matthews Band rolled through town.
Here’s the deal, dudes and dudettes: Uniformed and plainclothes officers and investigators will be on the prowl looking for violatiors of the law. They will include make arrests, issue tickets, impound vehicles, confiscate and discard alcoholic beverages and eject violators from the park and concert venue. Passive alcohol screening devices (Alco-Sensor FSTs ) will be used to detect alcohol in unmarked containers. Drug detecting canines will be on-site. “Investigators and police officers equipped with instruments designed to detect alterations to identification documents will be on site looking for underage persons using fraudulent identification documents. Possession of fraudulent driver licenses or other documents issued by government agencies is a serious offense that can lead to arrest, prosecution and loss of driving privileges.”
All I can say, be smart out there, folks. Adapt and be smart about how you’re pre-gaming and you’ll have a lot of fun. Enjoy the idea that you’re seeing Phish on a beautiful Saturday night.