Back in 1979, t ickets for a concert by the rock band The Who in Cincinnati were sold based on what they termed “festival seating.” In essence, most of the seats in the 17,500-seat arena were sold as general admission — the best seats would go to those who got there first.
Thousands of people gathered outside hours before the concert for their chance to be on the front row. When the gates opened, thousands of fans pushed forward. Many of those in the front were trampled in the crush to get inside. Eleven people were trampled to death, including three teenagers.