Two of Beyoncé female fans are claiming they were trampled at her Chicago stop of the Mrs. Carter World Tour and feel as if not only the United Center is to blame, but also Live Nation and Beyoncé herself.
According to Cook County Court reports, Raquel Castellanos and Gabriella Davidson (who are both in their early 20’s) were near the front of a large group of premium general admission ticket holders who began gathering in front of the United Center gate several hours before the Dec. 13 show, which just also happened to be the day Beyonce’s album dropped.
The lawsuit states that security personnel did nothing to prevent pushing, rushing and running, opened the gate without instruction or a reasonable system and failed to use even the most basic common sense in considering the safety of the large crowd assembled.
I was at the concert myself, I was the first person in that exact line, and I can tell you myself, they lined us all up one by one before they were planning on opening the gates. The system of getting our early entry passes was completely out of order, everyone was attempting to get their ticket in no orderly fashion.
Once the gates were open, the ticket scanning process was a complete mess. I was the first person to enter the building that night (I camped out in the snow the night before). So I am the trampling must have happened after I walked in.
According to the duo’s attorney, Thomas Paris, Castellanos and Davidson feared for their lives, breaking their ankle and the other knocked unconscious.
They believe that the United Center, Live Nation Entertainment, and Beyoncé were negligent in their management of the crowd, who approached the line at 5 p.m. that day with about 200 people already in line.