OPD sees few Barstool issues
Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 23:10
Black lights, lasers and confetti blasters were just a small aspect of the party that took place at Brick Street the nights of Oct. 2-4 put on by the popular sports website geared for college students, Barstool Sports.
The Barstool Blackout tour, which features a myriad of special effects lighting, confetti, CO2 blasters and a DJ, is currently touring throughout the nation.
All three nights of the show sold out at Brick Street Bar, according to Brick Street manager David Coffey. Approximately 800 tickets were sold each night.
Initially, Brick Street was planning on hosting the Blackout tour on Tuesday and Thursday only, leaving the Wednesday show to a bar in Cincinnati. After the show in Cincinnati was unable to sell all of the tickets, the event was moved to Brick Street. When the Wednesday show was announced, tickets sold out within two hours, according to Coffey.
Despite the name of the show, the purpose of the show is not about binge drinking, according to Coffey.
“The focus isn’t on drinking, it’s more on enjoying the show,” Coffey said.
Despite the craziness of the night, Brick Street attempted to focus on the safety of those attending the event. The bar increased the number of staff on hand, and sold water bottles at the show according to Coffey.
As for the Oxford Police Department, its nightly strategy did not change with the arrival of the tour, according to Sergeant Jon Varley.
“Last year it really was a non-issue,” Varley said..
This year the event didn’t present any problems, according to Varley. Although compared to last year, Varley said that there was a greater turn out.
But according to Varley, apart from a couple of underage arrests Tuesday and Wednesday nights, there wasn’t much of a problem associated to the event.
Wednesday, during the Barstool Blackout event, there was another event going on right outside of Brick Street. Feminists Working on Real Democracy (F-WORD) held its annual “Take Back the Night” march. The walk started at the reflection pool at Shriver Center and then ended at the Uptown Park. It started at 9 p.m. and participants walked up High Street by Brick Street while the Barstool Blackout event was occurring. Members of the march were holding signs that said, “Honk if you’re against rape” and “Alcohol isn’t an excuse.”
Events such as Barstool Blackout, according to senior Kelcey Broomfield, was the reason why events such as ‘Take Back the Night,’ a march dedicated to protesting rape and sexual violence, started on campus. Broomfield, an advocate on speaking out against domestic and sexual abuse, participated in ‘Take Back the Night’ Wednesday.
“It was good, the march was great there was a lot of support,” said Broomfield about the walk.
Although because of events such as Barstool Blackout, Broomfield commented that, “It was still depressing when we got uptown. We saw scantily clad girls and to see obvious underage girls and guys acting belligerent as they were walking back.”
Having a good time is important and a core piece of the college experience. But enjoying this experience doesn’t always come without risks. These risks, according to Broomfield, can be prevented through students mutually making smart decisions.
The show is advertised widely through videos taken at different locations and then uploaded to the Barstool’s website and different social networks. These videos provide a glimpse into the party, which, according to junior Michael Doherty, member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, results in the huge popularity of the event.
“Half the reason [for its popularity], is the videos on YouTube, which builds up hype for the show,” Doherty said.
The other reason for its success is attributed to Miami’s reputation as one of the top party schools in the nation, according to Doherty.
“I thought it was really, really fun,” Doherty said about the tour last year. “It was the best concert of the year.”
To prepare for this year’s tour, Doherty purchased 35 pre-sale tickets for his fraternity.