But the weather held out for the evening, which included an hour-long performance by folk rock singer
It was the first time the city hosted its yearly
A long line of cars had formed by the 8 o'clock hour, as attendees tried to reach the stadium area. Traffic congestion was the theme on adjacent streets.
A number of attendees were frustrated when they arrived at the stadium to find that organizers were prohibiting people from sitting on the field, directly in front of the stage and performers. Among them was resident
"The bands are good, but a lot of people are coming to see
Also, Seggerman said she would have liked to see more vendors, too.
Event organizers said people were not allowed onto the field because it was recently resurfaced with artificial turf.
The field, which belongs to the
"We sure don't want to tear it up," he said. "It's expensive to replace. Hopefully we can eventually find a way to cover that and preserve it from being damaged."
Caldwell said the transition to the new
"There are always little things, but it's going well," he said. "This is a really good facility."
McLean took note of the absence of an audience near the stage.
"I know this is a little strange the way this is set up, but it's not going to stop me from entertaining you," he told the audience.
McLean's well-known hit "American Pie" drew an enthusiastic response from the audience. People joined in singing with the final stanzas.
Still, plenty of other attendees said they didn't mind the setup.
"It's not a problem," said Las Crucen Benny Baca, who sat in the bleachers with binoculars. "I come here all the time to the football games, so it's like a football game atmosphere."
"It's nice," he said. "I'm thrilled having an event like this."
"It's very different," she said. "But it's a very beautiful setup. It's going to be a lot more room and easier to enjoy the music."
Prior to the music, the
Las Crucen Vicky Wright said she usually goes to
"It would've been nice to be on the field," she said. "I think more people would have danced."
The band Indigenous was slated to cap off the evening of performances.
Seggerman said that in spite of her concerns about the setup, she was enjoying the event.
"I'm having a good time," she said.
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