KFMA is anticipating as many as 12,000 people will come out for its daylong Fall Ball at Kino Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Pennsylvania rockers Breaking Benjamin head the lineup that includes post-hardcore pop-punkers Pierce the Veil, experimental/skate punkers Thrice, hardcore punk/metalcore band Beartooth and the indie alt-rocking trio Dreamers (see related stories).
Fans might grouse about Fall Ball security, which will include full-body scans and complete body pat-downs, which are not new this year, said KFMA general manager Ken Kwilosz. But this year there will be more attention paid to security screenings following the Oct. 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas.
“Anytime something like that comes up, you gotta ask ... are we doing everything we can to make people as safe as possible?” Kwilosz said.
Among the security measures in place for Saturday’s concert is continuing the festival’s clear-bag policy — the same policy as the University of Arizona’s that prohibits fans from bringing in backpacks or purses. You can bring in wallets and other personal effects in a gallon-or-so-sized clear plastic bag.
To make it easier on the audience, KFMA is giving away the bags this week. Call the station at 407-4500 for giveaway locations.
Fall Ball is the second big outdoor music festival in Tucson since the Vegas mass shooting that left 58 people dead, including a recent UA graduate. Last weekend, more than 10,000 people attended the two-day Dusk Festival at Rillito Park.
“We are moving forward. Baseball games, football games, everything continues,” Kwilosz said.