RALEIGH, N.C. (CelebrityAccess) The Travis Scott performance at Raleigh, N.C.’s PNC Arena was delayed Friday night because of “production issues,” to the point where fans were apparently stuck in a chilly parking lot for up to four hours.
“Apparently it took too long to set up, and it was about four hours after the show was supposed to start, and people were getting kind of rowdy,” one concertgoer told WRAL News. Several parents and teenagers reportedly decided to default on their tickets rather than wait out the delay.
PNC officials said the tour trucks arrived late and took crews longer than expected to set up. PNC Arena President Don Waddell said the doors were not opened out of safety concerns.
“Safety is absolutely the first and foremost thing we worry about,” he said. “That’s one of the things, the show didn’t want to let people in the building because they were still rigging, dropping things from the ceiling, trying to get the show ready, so it was more of a safety issue.”
The production includes an actual roller coaster used by Scott during the show, along with massive video screens.
The queue began at 3 p.m. with doors to open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. start time but the delay was announced by Live Nation around 7 p.m.
“Due to unforseen (sic) production issues, doors for tonight’s Travis Scott concert at PNC Arena will open at 9pm,” Live Nation tweeted.
Due to unforseen production issues, doors for tonight’s Travis Scott concert at PNC Arena will open at 9pm. pic.twitter.com/3PJTRU8tg0
— Live Nation Carolina (@LiveNationNCSC) November 10, 2018
The temperatures dropped below 40 degrees with a light mist, according to WRAL, and the fans were in the parking lot until after 9 p.m.
— nastywomannc (@nastywomannc) November 10, 2018
“There’s no information. It’s ridiculous,” one parent said.
“It’s ridiculous. I’m furious,” said another, who added her daughter made the drive from Carolina Beach to see the concert. “We waited outside for over four hours, in the rain and cold.”
— Isabelle Doan (@IsabelleDoan) November 10, 2018
People told WRAL News that fights broke out in the stands as frustrations boiled over.
“We are working as quickly as possible to ensure we can get everyone in the venue safely,” PNC Arena tweeted.
The three opening acts did not perform and Scott’s set began around midnight and ended at 1:15 a.m.
Not a rumor. Mandatory shut down at 1am. Concert started at 12:01am
— Allison Lawrence (@alaw13) November 10, 2018
Not all were upset, with several responding to Travis Scott that the show was worth the wait.
WE WAITED 4 HOURS AND IT WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE
— Austin. (@xZealicious) November 10, 2018
Thank you so much Travis. Tonight was the best night of my life. I waited 9 hours. pic.twitter.com/eyY8jXNHvF
— Garrison M (@gmillsapsPGA) November 10, 2018