At least 16 treated for heat, dehydration at Garth Brooks concert

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OKLAHOMA CITY - More than a dozen people were treated for heat-related injuries sustained at the Garth Brooks concert this past weekend, officials say.

EMSA reports 16 people were treated near the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday night, with several others treated on Saturday.

Heather Yazdanipur, a coordinator for EMSA’s Regional Medical Response, says none of the treated concert-goers required transportation to area hospitals.

“There was just a lot rehydrating, cooling patients as best we could, but they were just excited to get inside and go see Garth Brooks,” says Yazdanipur. “I just think in this instance, there were so many people standing outside waiting and got there very early and didn`t pre-hydrate appropriately that the heat just got to them.”

Brooks returned to Oklahoma City for the first time in 20 years with four shows on Friday and Saturday. We're told thousands packed into the arena, with two held each night back-to-back and many concert-goers waiting outside in between shows.

Tim Linville serves as Director of Marketing and Sales for SMG, which was hired by the city to operate the arena. Linville tells Newschannel 4 back-to-back concerts are rare, and he adds they don’t expect it to be a normal occurrence in the future.

Kristy Yager, a public information officer for Oklahoma City, says resources to fight the heat during packed concerts or events are generally available. Air-conditioned areas like the Cox Convention Center across the street from the arena were available for fans as they waited in line to get into the sold out concerts this past weekend.

“If people want to come to the concert a little bit early and they`re standing outside before the doors open, they`re free to walk into the Cox convention center,” says Yager. “It`s air-conditioned, it feels great and they can wait in there until the doors open for the Chesapeake arena.”

As for Yazdanipur, she says it’s a lot about preparation.

“I think anybody who`s going to go to an event in Oklahoma City for the rest of this summer needs to be prepared that there`s going to be wait time, the doors aren`t going to open right at the time you get there so you`re going to be outside and waiting,” explains Yazdanipur.

The next concert scheduled to be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena will be Paul McCartney's 'One On One' tour on Monday at 8 p.m.

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