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80,000 people expected at Buckeye Country Superfest this weekend

The work to turn Ohio Stadium into the site of Buckeye Country Superfest is underway. (WSYX/WTTE)

Two hundred stagehands are working to turn Ohio Stadium into a concert hall for one of the biggest country shows in the state. Buckeye County Superfest will run Saturday and Sunday and feature country music performers like Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, The Zac Brown Band and Keith Urban.

The third annual event comes weeks after 22 concert goers were killed in Manchester, England after a bomb went off outside of an Adriana Grande concert.

"After any incident happens, we'll review our safety plan and procedures with our partners and make sure we're producing the safety event possible," said assistant OSU Vice President Mike Gatto. "Fortunately for us, we've got 7-8 football games a year. A lot of people are used to coming to the Shoe."

Gatto said Superfest's safety plan remains the same even after the deadly Manchester attack. They'll use the same strategies as used during Buckeye football games which use local, state and federal police. He said the plan is made up of "layers of security" which is both visible and behind the scenes.

"Being a country music show, we have to have mounted right?" said Gatto. "For sure we'll some mounted and some bikes."

No bags will be permitted inside the Shoe during Superfest, only clutch purses and those with wrist loops. Organizers will allow empty and clear plastic bottle for water to fill up at a number of "filling stations."


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