The Salt Palace management refused to answer reporters' questions about Friday night's AC/DC concert during a Saturday afternoon news conference that started almost an hour late.
In a brief written statement, David Meek, general manager of the Salt Palace Center, said he and the concert promoter, United Concerts, "regret the unfortunate incident" and "express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of those involved."Meek, who works for Spectacor Management - the private firm that runs the Salt Palace under contract with Salt Lake County - was 50 minutes late to a press conference and refused to answer any questions, including one about the wisdom of "festival style," or general-admission, concerts.
During his statement, Meek noted that attendance at Friday's concert was 13,294, which was "below the maximum capacity of 13,920 and less than the total number of tickets issued for the show."
Meek also said the Salt Palace was staffed adequately with "crowd-control management personnel, consisting of building security, ushers, contracted crowd-control specialists, emergency medical technicians, fire marshals and city police."
"This is the first time I've had anyone die at a concert," said McNeil, who has been organizing concerts in Utah for 20 years. "(United Concerts) had the best safety record in the industry - until now."
County Commissioner Jim Bradley expressed county officials' alarm and deep regret over the Friday night incident. He said there is an ongoing county investigation that will look at all information available.
"No blame should be put anywhere until our investigation is complete," Bradley said.
"I have been impressed with Spectacor's professionalism up until this concert," he said. "When all the facts are in, we will weigh this incident against past performance."