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Albany's Washington Armory says "show will go on"


ALBANY, N.Y. - An agreement was reached between the City of Albany and the Washington Avenue Armory Tuesday night.

The Armory signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the city, meaning they will adhere to new safety and zoning precautions in order to re-open their doors.

This comes after they were served a cease and desist order back in October after seven people were arrested and three officers were injured during a foam party.

Shortly before memorandum was signed Tuesday night, Armory Spokesman Michael Corts met with NEWS10 inside their conference room. He says the venue has made some big changes so they can open their doors for the Masquerave electronic dance concert Friday.  

"The process has been long, but were thankful the City of Albany has been willing to negotiate and work with us," Michael Corts said.  

Jeffery Jamison, Director of the City's Division of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance says the size of the crowd was just one of the problems the armory crew agreed to fix in order to get their doors back open.

The arena is big enough to fit more than 4,000 people on the floor and in the seats. In the past, Corts says they had no regulations on how many people could come down on the floor. Now, he says they've followed the zoning rules of other local arenas and limited the floor space to only 2,100 people to reduce the crowd.  

On top of that, Corts says a new security team has been hired for both inside and outside the building.  They're expanding the ticketing area and they plan to open their doors earlier rather than later to keep people off the sidewalk.  

Jamison says the city has the right to revoke the memorandum and close this place back up if any of the security measures they agreed upon are broken.  

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