Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
Executive Director Cindy Hoye says the stage collapse has changed the entire outdoor concert and event industry. Hoye says the entertainment industry has become much more security minded and cautious about structures and weather conditions for venues.
“From bands saying that doesn‘t look right and we‘re not comfortable going on stage,” she says. “I‘ve read stories about people being far more careful when it comes to weather, evacuating audiences.”
Hoye says all Indiana State Fair staffers now have safety training as a result of the stage collapse. The fair will remember those killed and hurt Monday night with a few moments of silence.
“We‘re going to stop at 8:46 p.m., which is the time the first response call took place,” she says. “We‘re going to stop the carnival rides, the shuttle buses and we‘re going to pause as a family.”
On August 13, 2011, strong winds sent stage rigging falling onto fans and workers awaiting a Sugarland concert. Seven people died and dozens of others were injured.
The incident unleashed numerous probes and reports including ones from IOSHA and independently-hired firms Witt Associates and Thornton Tomasetti.
The reports cited deficiencies in the stage structure and state fair security procedures and protocol. Fair officials made numerous changes and upgrades in time for the 2012 Indiana State Fair.
Lawsuits stemming from the stage collapse are still pending.