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Boston's TD Garden cited for 'intoxicated underage' concert-goers

Boston venue cited for 'numerous intoxicated underage patrons' after Avicii electronic dance music show

Boston's TD Garden, one of the city's premier entertainment venues, was cited Thursday for having intoxicated minors on its premises after some concert-goers had to be taken to hospitals after an electronic dance music show, police said.

The Wednesday night concert starred Swedish DJ Avicii, and Boston Emergency Medical Services officials told the Los Angeles Times that the 36 people taken to hospitals had alcohol, drug and heat issues. An additional 50 people were evaluated at the scene and released.

“Just hearing the awful news abt tonight. Its a terrible thing, I rly hope everyone is ok!” tweeted Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling. “My thoughts go to those affected & their families.”

TD Garden event manager Joyce Papa was issued a licensed premise violation for "numerous intoxicated underage patrons observed inside premise requiring medical treatment and transport to area hospitals," according to a police report.

Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse told the Associated Press on Wednesday night that all of those transported and treated appeared to be 16 to 25 years old.

“We take this incident very seriously and our thoughts are with the affected guests and their families,” TD Garden spokeswoman Tricia McCorkle said in a statement Thursday. ”We continued our proactive policy to identify impaired guests, bring them to first aid for medical evaluation and transport when necessary. By following our policy, half of the affected guests were identified prior to entering the arena and were immediately treated.”

A Boston CBS Radio employee who attended the show described the scene on the air.

“We got to the concert at 8:45, and as we arrived, right under the big glowing TD Garden sign, we were greeted by a girl lying on the concrete on her side,” she said. “It looked like she had fallen off the building. At first, we thought there was a puddle of blood around her head, but it turns out that it was puke. Everyone surrounding her, including the security guards, were asking where her mom was.”

Last weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, two concert-goers died while attending the annual Electric Daisy Carnival. Authorities said it would take several weeks to determine the cause of those deaths.

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Times staff writer Ryan Parker contributed to this report.

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