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Officials expect nearly 40K for Phish concert

    WATKINS GLEN—Phish, a rock band out of Burlington, Vt., will be performing this weekend for “Super Ball IX” at Watkins Glen International.
    Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn said authorities and promoters are expecting less than 40,000 attendees. Originally, Phish organizers said they were looking to attract up to 60,000 people. O’Hearn said he expects the impact to be similar to that of the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.
    Law enforcement has been meeting with organizers to plan the event and anticipate any impacts. Watkins Glen Police Chief Tom Struble said the village will be directing traffic on Monday morning, July 4, due to concert goers leaving the festival. He said north-bound traffic coming down Route 414 from the track will be directed to South Avenue. He explained from there, traffic will continue north through the village on Decatur Street. Struble added officers will be present at the Route 14 and 414 intersection to control the flow of traffic.
    Struble explained the village is expecting heavy traffic not only because of the Phish concert, but because it is the Fourth of July weekend. He added he was meeting later Tuesday afternoon, June 28, with other departments to finalize any other traffic pattern changes.
    Super Ball is the band’s ninth such musical event since the first one in 1996. The Phish music festival will feature the band playing six different sets throughout the weekend. The first two are Friday, July 1, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The first music set Saturday is scheduled for 3 p.m., but the times of the next two are yet to be determined. Sunday, the final two sets will be at 7:30 and 10 p.m. SuperBall IX will also have various events throughout the weekend.
    Advanced sale tickets started at $200 for the weekend. According to band’s Web site, the cost increases to $230 the day of the show. There are additional costs for RV camping.




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