Who concert

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Thirty-six years after eleven people were crushed to death while trying to gain entrance to the Who concert at the old Riverfront Coliseum, they are being remembered with a marker on the plaza level between the U.S. Bank Arena and Great American Ball Park.

A special ceremony is planned Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to dedicate the tall, black memorial.

A group of Who Concert survivors and families of the eleven people killed announced plans Friday to build a memorial near where the Cincinnati tragedy happened, December 3rd, 1979.

The victims were trampled to death when the crowd, holding general admission tickets--which means their seats weren't reserved-- surged forward when they heard the band start warming up and only a few doors into the Coliseum were open. Cincinnati banned so-called "festival seating" shortly afterward.

Ted Weis

Originally aired Sunday, November 29 at 8:00 PM 

December 3, 1979 became an infamous night in Cincinnati history as the deaths of eleven concertgoers forever changed crowd control and emergency preparedness. The Who concert has never been forgotten, and there has never been such a complete look at that tragedy and its aftermath as The Who Concert: 30 Years Later.