Wittenbaum said he worries that after being banned for 25 years following the deadly concert in Cincinnati, festival seating remains unsafe.
“When you allow people to be in mass, to be in a place, it’s an unstoppable force when they start moving,” he said. “And it doesn’t matter how they start moving. It only matters that the movement occurs. And it becomes like a tidal wave and people start to go down.”
He’s inviting anyone from the Houston region affected by Friday’s tragedy to visit Cincinnati on Dec. 4 to heal with a community who knows their pain all too well. On that day, Wittenbaum and others will hold a ceremony on the anniversary of the Riverfront Coliseum deaths at Finneytown High School. The event will also be streaming, he said, so anyone who can’t attend physically can still participate.
“Our community has been through it, the Finneytown community, the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky community,” said Wittenbaum. “We’d like to have this event as a way for people to come and heal, and anyone from the greater Houston area that would have the interest to come to Cincinnati, Ohio, on December the fourth would be welcomed with open arms.”
The incident in Houston is still under investigation and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said authorities are working with Scott’s people to determine what went wrong.
Turner said Saturday that 13 people are still hospitalized, including five under the age of 18.
In a statement, Scott said that he was “absolutely devastated” by what happened and that the Houston Police Department had his “total support.”