Selectman Hopes To Curb Underage Drinking At Comcast Center

MANSFIELD (CBS) – A Mansfield selectman wants to see tougher new rules put in place for the next time the Comcast Center holds a concert.

Over 19,000 people can pack the arena for a concert. Many have a good time, but selectmen George Dentino says there is also underage drinking and violence, such as what happened this past July at a Tim McGraw concert.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports.

Six people were charged with beating another teen in a fight that started over a girl and was fueled by underage drinking.

“I can’t, as a selectman in Mansfield, tell the people of Mansfield, or the people in Norton, or the people in Westwood, that if you send your child here to a concert, they’re safe,” said Dentino.

The Comcast Center is about to negotiate a new licensing agreement, and Dentino wants all arriving vehicles to be checked for alcohol and random dog sniffing raids to stop illegal drinking.

He said hopes their committee takes it seriously.

“I mean, I’d like to see everybody at that board say, ‘Hey, we have an underage drinking problem. Let’s see what we can do to mitigate that,'” said Dentino.

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