A small amount of damage and the smell of pepper spray were left behind after a crowd in the BOK Center churned and glass broke when the sold-out Travis Scott concert was postponed to the 11th hour.
The BOK Center learned from the production company about half an hour before the planned opening date that the show had to be postponed, according to Marketing Director Meghan Blood. At 6:13 pm, the venue announced that the show was postponed to March 26 due to technical production issues.
Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell said the crowd waiting in front of the venue quickly became restless. Some people who had come to the concert had traveled long distances, he said, and others had been waiting to go in the doors since noon.
Scott posted this message at 7:30 pm on social networks: "Tulsa, I'm sorry, I can not perform at the sold-out show tonight. We had short-term production problems and I can not give you an incomplete show. Postponed until March 26, all tix still valid. Everyone comes home safely. "
Many of his fans stayed outside the venue instead, and some beat the glass doors of the BOK Center, one of which broke. Blood said that this was the only damage to the venue and that the minor repairs were completed on Wednesday.
Uniformed police officers who were out of the service certainly supported the BOK Center and were in the house during the incident with the front doors. Blood said duty officers working on the street near the venue were also drawn into the building as the crowd got excited.
Tuell said police officers shot pepper balls at hard surfaces ̵
"When it appears that a crowd is restless – they are angry, things are thrown – if If you allow the crowd to contradict in this area, it starts to fester. There is a greater chance that it will escalate and turn into major damage, or worse, cause severe injury.
Tuell said he still did not know which officer or officers would use the pepper balls. He said, however, that this is a tool for service officers and field staff.
"We use these pepper balls to effectively contaminate an environment to achieve a peaceful response, and it worked perfectly," he said.
Monday night no arrests were made. The police also received no reports that someone had been hit or injured by the peppercorns.
Tuell said that if a person is identified as someone who has caused the crowd to commit violence or caused the damage to the building, that person could be cited for being charged with a crime.
Scott's Astroworld Tour started in Baltimore on November 8, but production seemed to plague the crew the following night. The November 9 show in Raleigh, North Carolina delayed more than three hours.
"Elements of Travis Scott's touring production was behind schedules due to unforeseen circumstances when he arrived at the venue and was loaded there," the venue said in Raleigh's statement.
The production parts of the show include a functioning roller coaster, from which the rapper works. At some tour stops, he has brought fans on stage to enjoy the slow ride.
No problems were reported at Scott's Miami stop on November 11, but his show on November 12 in Tampa, Florida, was postponed that day "due to technical production issues." The fans of this tour stop had several hours to report scheduling problems as the venue announced the move at 13:00 that day. On November 12, it was announced that the next three stations – in Hartford, Connecticut (November 30), Cleveland, Ohio (December 4) and Milwaukee (December 9) – would also be postponed.
Production problems also cost Scott's tour as the opening act when Ohio rapper Trippie Redd quit 10 remaining shows in December.
Sources near Redd allegedly told TMZ that he was becoming increasingly frustrated with production issues and set times. The time it takes to assemble the stage for a headliner can shorten the performance time for an opener.
Tickets are valid for the 26th of March planned show at the BOK Center. For refunds, ticket holders should return to the place of purchase.