Music Ends, Cleanup Begins at Grand Park After "Made in America"

Cleanup will continue into Monday night at downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park after the two-day music event

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    The two-day music event drew tens of thousands to downtown Los Angeles. Crews will be tearing down stages and removing trash to reopen the Grand Park area by Tuesday. Annette Arreola reports for Today in LA on Monday Sept. 1, 2014. (Published Monday, Sep 1, 2014)

    Cleanup crews moved into Grand Park early Monday after tens of thousands of music fans packed the downtown Los Angeles venue over the weekend during a two-day concert that featured John Mayer, Kanye West, Weezer, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar and Cypress Hill.

    The Budweiser Made in America event, which featured about 30 solo  performers and bands, was touted by Mayor Eric Garcetti as a way to show it's  possible to throw a "great party right here in the heart of the city." Sunday's crowd of ticket holders was placed at 37,419, up from 34,374  Saturday, said Los Angeles police Officer J. Kim.

    A total of 80 arrests or citations were reported Sunday, the concert's  second day, Kim said. There were three felony arrests, 10 involving misdemeanors and 67 citations that included 35 alcohol and traffic violations. Also Sunday, several people were treated for illness or injuries as temperatures climbed into the 90s.

    Twenty-nine arrests were reported on Saturday, the first day of the  concert. In all, six people were arrested on Saturday for alleged felonies that were narcotics-related, according to Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy  Neiman. The other 23 were arrested for misdemeanors, primarily alcohol  offenses, according to Neiman.

    Big Crowds Turn Out for Final Day of Made in America Concert

    [LA] Big Crowds Turn Out for Final Day of Made in America Concert
    Big crowds turned out at Grand Park on Sunday for the final day of the two-day Made in America festival. Kate Larsen reports from downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 6 on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2014. (Published Sunday, Aug 31, 2014)

    Grand Park, the venue for the Made in America music festival, will  remain closed to the public until Tuesday while it is cleaned, authorities  said. Workers were taking down stages and equipment early Monday.

    Philadelphia was the site of a sister festival that featured some of the  same performers. revious Made in America events held in Philadelphia generated about $10 million in local spending, according to event organizers, and would likely be  a $12 million boon to the Los Angeles economy, Garcetti said.

    "We showed L.A. can do big things for our economy and people's  enjoyment," Garcetti said in a statement. "We want leading companies and event organizers to  know we're changing LA so it's not longer a place where red tape is allowed  to stand in the way of jobs, innovation and entertainment."

    To reimburse costs to taxpayers, Live Nation agreed to pay $500,000 to  the city to cover policing and related services for the concert. Live Nation  also agreed to pay for any damage to public property. Live Nation also will pay $600,000 for the use of the county-owned Grand  Park, which is run by The Music Center.

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