More than 50,000 expected at Kansas City’s Rockfest

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's billed as the largest one-day rock festival in the nation. More than 50,000 people are expected at Penn Valley Park on Saturday for Rockfest. This event generates a lot of spending for the region.

As of Friday morning, only about 2,000 tickets remain available. If they all sell, it would be the first sold-out show in three years.

The event producer, Anschutz Entertainment Group, said Rockfest generates several million dollars in spending for the Kansas City area. An army of crews help set up the stage, provide security, feed and hydrate the crowd, which is expected to be around 55,000 people.

Fifteen rock bands perform at the show, and after heavy rains caused damage to the park four years ago, there are now safeguards in place to limit any damage from having so many people in one place.

"There's nothing we can do about the weather," said Forest Decker, Superintendent of Parks. "The vendor, I believe has some rain insurance, if it gets too out of hand. We've worked with Rockfest on tightening up the area of impact that way if we do get some wet conditions, anything like that, it's not such a big impact on the entire park."

There's also a recycling plan and crews to deal with all the trash an event like this generates.

Parking may be the biggest concern for concert goers. The city is urging fans to park north of Liberty Memorial where there are many more parking spaces. South of the park, neighborhoods don't have much on-street parking to begin with, so the city doesn't want people parking there.

This is the 10th year for Rockfest in Kansas City. And one of the big reasons it has grown in popularity is because it remains affordable. A ticket purchased before the day of the festival is $45. And no food or drink sold at the show costs more than $5, including beer and other alcoholic beverages.

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