New York businesses ask city to prepare for riots after Metallica show

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Local pressure group says the city should double the number of police on the street

A local business leader in New York is so concerned about the prospect of Metallica fans rioting during their concert in the city next month that he has demanded that the local government double the number of police on the streets.

According to the New York Post, 161st Street BID executive director Cary Goodman has said he became concerned after seeing fans last year in Colombia and Chile, who rioted after they were shut out of the band’s shows, that he has asked for the police presence to be doubled in the city.

He also wants the number of sanitation crews in the area doubled from two to four and a big screen showing the gig to put up to soothe tempers.

Goodman, who has also asked Metallica‘s management for help with his proposals, but has yet to hear back, said of his ideas: “When I read about disturbances and riots, I thought, ‘Why don’t we think proactively and put up a big screen?”

Metallica play in New York‘s Yankee Stadium with Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of their Big 4 world tour on September 14.

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