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Armory holds first event since agreeing to new regulations

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ALBANY, N.Y. - The Washington Avenue Armory is set to hold its first dance event in over a month, after agreeing to new zoning and safety regulations with the city of Albany.

In October, Albany served the armory with a cease and desist order after seven were arrested and three officers were injured during when things got out of control before an event.

Armory officials say as part of their agreement with the city, they're restricting the venue's floor capacity to about 2,000 attendees, less than half of the previous full capacity.

Shortly after the October event, the Armory named several steps it would take to ensure accidents are prevented in the future.

They included:

  • Requiring dance party style events have a doors open policy at no later than 7pm
  • Requiring dance party style events will end no later than 12am on weekdays, and 1am on weekend and holiday nights
  • Initiating a new will call window made available the entire event day
  • A major takeaway is the amount of time it takes for staff to check a patron in is significant, and the process only lengthens when hundreds of eager concert goers are waiting.
  • Adding this new will call window will result in masses now able to redeem their online ticket purchase at any time, rather than waiting until doors open.
  • Ticket purchasers will now be able to check in with their online purchase proof and receive their hard copy ticket at any time during the day, which will lighten the will call line in the evening
  • No longer hold a line of people outside the building, rather begin the check in process and allow entry
  • In the anticipated event of a major walk-up, doors will open early to clear the front of the building

After making changes, the city has allowed the armory to hold the dance parties its known for.

Friday's event, "Masquerave," was re-scheduled from October.


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