Update 5/2 6:30 a.m. PT: In a weird twist to the story, Holmdel Administrator Donna Vieira
told CBS 880, “this ordinance has nothing to do with tailgating.” Vieira
claims the ordinance refers to non-concert events in the venue's parking lot. “They had an
event that started at 6 a.m., and they had a DJ go on a Saturday morning at 6 a.m. Our
residents were getting music blared at them,” Vieira said about Live Nation. Meanwhile,
Live Nation still hasn't commented about the situation.
Tailgaiting before summer shows is a tradition familiar to many live music fans,
at the bigger sheds located across the country. Those looking to tailgate at summer shows
held at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ won't be able to as the New Jersey town has
banned the activity at venues holding over 4,000 patrons. Considering the PNC Bank Arts
Center is the only venue in Holmdel that holds over 4,000, the new law was aimed at the
The town's mayor doesn't dispute the law's aim at the Arts Center, "This quite honestly
deals with the PNC Bank Arts Center. They run ancillary events that disturb our residents
and we are passing this ordinance to stop that,” Patrick Impreveduto told NJ.com. He went on to tell the site
that "local police and emergency personnel were being strained by the concert crowds at
According to Cat Country, the ordinance is worded
so that parking is the only activity allowed in the Arts Center lots. The venue's
operator, Live Nation, will be held responsible for those ignoring the ban.
Dave Matthews Band, Journey, the Zac Brown Band, O.A.R. and Motley Crue are among the
set to play PNC Bank Arts Center this summer.