Organizers voice concerns over security costs for Nelly concert

There seems to be a dilemma for the upcoming Nelly concert in Tippecanoe County.

Posted: May 21, 2018 11:51 PM
Updated: May 22, 2018 12:06 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - There seems to be a dilemma for the upcoming Nelly concert in Tippecanoe County.

On June 14th, the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater will be the venue for a Nelly and the Bone Thugs N Harmony concert. Around 3,000 people are expected to attend.

However, in order to make it happen, the county wants there to be enough security staff on hand. Organizers are saying the cost is just too high.

"The promoters were in a meeting and were given a proposal of over $39,000 in security costs," said Ken McCammon.

McCammon said that seems extreme. McCammon is the president of Friends of Downtown and friends with the concert's organizer.

"He says, 'You know, we can't do the show.' So, I told him that I would at least come and address it with the commissioners so they're aware of what's happening," said McCammon.

He said with the current proposal, the costs of security will eat up the profits. He said the county wants too many security officers on hand, especially compared to other large events throughout the area.

"It's crazy. It's just insane. You don't have it for anywhere else. You don't have it for the Taste of Tippecanoe, the Feast of the Hunters' Moon, I doubt they have it for Purdue football games."

News 18 also talked to Commissioner Tom Murtaugh. He said there will be a meeting this Thursday to address the issue.

"There will obviously be a security component and a security costs to the promoter of the event, but hopefully they can work to get those costs down," said Murtaugh.

Murtaugh is optimistic.

"I'm very confident that the event can happen."

Tickets are still available online.

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