INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 31, 2015)-- Teenage girls packed Lucas Oil Stadium by the thousands Friday night to see British boy band One Direction.
The boys are regarded as heartthrobs and the delight of teens across the world. Naturally, the Hoosier State is no exception.
“Since they’re in Indiana, and they’re covered in cornfields, my sign says, it might sound corny, but I’ve been stalking you,” said Mackenzie Thompson.
It’s clear One Direction draws a very specific crowd.
“I’m so excited, because I love them so much,” said Olivia Paszek.
“Our biggest issue, as we’ve heard from other cities and the promoter with One Direction, is this is teenage girls, and obviously, there’s a safety issue there,” said Mike Fox, Lucas Oil Stadium Director.
Fox said it’s likely parents will be dropping kids off to see the show, not staying themselves. Traffic is expected to be a headache downtown on Friday night, with Gen Con, One Direction, and the Indians game.
Police said if you’re dropping teens off for One Direction, make sure you give them a safety rundown.
“Let them know, first and foremost, to make sure they’re staying in groups, that their cell phones are charged, and more importantly, there’s a responsible person in the group that can get them from point A to point B,” said Kim Evans, Community Relations Officer with IMPD’s Downtown District.
A group of girls we found said they’d already gotten the talk.
“Don’t talk to strangers, stay together, keep your phone on you,” said Hunter King.
The situation surrounding the concert prompted an email message to One Direction ticket holders, telling them to be aware that downtown Indianapolis will be a very busy place Friday.
Of course, Indy knows how to host large events, so IMPD said they don’t have any immediate concerns.
“This is something that we are definitely accustomed to,” said Evans.
Fans said they’re ready to see the guys from across the pond put on a memorable show in the Circle City.
“This is my fourth event, my fourth concert, taking my daughter and her friends,” said Loretta Campbell.