Woodstock organizers held an informational meeting in Schuyler County to address the public and answer questions about the festival for the very first time, on Wednesday night.
Residents raised questions about security, damage, and crowd control.
Organizers said they expect up to 27,000 campsites with up to 4 people in each site. Michael Lang, co-creator of Woodstock, headed the meeting. Long received some backlash from residents who wanted an answer on what the cap will be on ticket sales. Long said they will not have a specific number until tickets go on sale.
“We have a lot of stakeholders and interests to ensure this event is successful,“ one of the organizers overseeing engineering said. “That includes the New York State Department of Transportation, the Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, and local tow operations.“
Organizers said they have flow maps to control traffic management, which show where people are coming from and where they will route them too. Right now everything is based on passed experience, but when organizers get the real data from ticket sales they will refine the flow maps.
“The Glen also has relationships with the providers like Waze, so when you put in how to get to a certain lot on your app, it will take you along the given route that we want you to take,“ one of the organizers said.
Organizers overseeing security said they will hire 900 to 1,100 private security personnel for the festival, not including local authorities. They said there will be six companies to oversee their deployment and staff different areas.
“All of these people will come in on busses and will stay on site throughout the event, so you do not need to worry about these people coming and going,“ the organizer said.
Some residents were concerned with their property being damaged or trespassed. Organizers said they are working with a local security company to patrol the neighborhoods.
For more information on Woodstock 50 and ticket sales head to their website.