Washington Avenue Armory gets OK to resume concerts
Updated 8:35 a.m.
ALBANY Electronic dance music concerts and other such events are back on at the Washington Avenue Armory after an agreement with the city, facility officials announced today.
The agreement comes about a month after the city shut down dance party events at the Armory in response to a party that got unruly, resulting in three police officers being injured.
The Armory has now signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the city that includes a reduction in arena floor capacity. Full capacity is 4,480 for floor events. That capacity will now be restricted to 2,100. The new number comes from a formula already used at the Times Union Center.
The first event to be held under the new memorandum is set for Friday evening with Masquerave. The event was originally set for Oct. 26, but was cancelled in the wake of the October unrest.
In addition to the reduced floor capacity, the Armory is also putting in place new security procedures and policy changes, officials said. Those changes came from input from residents, neighborhood associations, city officials and nearby businesses.
The October unrest happened after a crowd waiting outside the venue during the Barstool Blackout Tour “foam party” got unruly.
Foam parties are popular at nightclubs, where foam machines fill a dance floor with a few feet of bubbles and young people, sometimes wearing swimsuits, dance in the suds as loud music plays and lights and lasers flash.