PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are upset that complaints by a parking lot manager about tons of trash left behind after a Kenny Chesney concert last month might discourage other acts from booking shows at the team’s stadium, Heinz Field.
The letter in question was sent by Jimmie Sacco, who heads the team’s stadium management company, to the city’s Stadium Authority. The letter claims Alco Parking President Merrill Stabile “slandered” Chesney’s fans during remarks he made to the news media after fans left behind 30 tons of trash in stadium lots after Chesney’s June 22 show. The letter suggests Stabile’s comments might jeopardize future concerts at Heinz Field.
Stabile says he didn’t speak out, but merely responded to media inquiries by acknowledging the trash problem. Stabile says Chesney’s fans generated five times the trash that Steelers fans leave behind.