Two fans named Raquel Castellanos and Gabriella Davidson did not experience the usual highs of anthemic songs, outfit changes and the all-woman experience that is Beyoncé. Not at all. Both the ladies were trampled by audience members, leaving them unconscious and later hospitalised, due to a disorganised gig space, according to their complaints.
Having attended a Chicago concert by the pop star in December last, the two are now suing Beyoncé in Cook County Circuit Court. A CBS local affiliate based in Chicago has reported the pair bought general admission tickets and arrived a few hours early at the location The United Centre, an indoor sports arena used for large-scale concerts. They wanted to get as close as possible to the stage.
Court documents say “As the hours passed, the group became larger, more dense and more anxious about how, when and where the gate(s) would be released and where ticket holders and fans were supposed to enter The United Centre - none of which was explained.”
The long-term fans of Beyoncé suffered from a sudden stampede from behind them when the doors eventually opened, what the court documents called a “rushing mob”. The duo suffered broken bones, various injuries and were left unconscious. They missed the gig as they had to be treated at a local hospital.
The two argue nobody involved in the running of the concert, including Beyonce, The United Centre and live events company Live Nation did anything to promote the incident. They are seeking an undisclosed amount in damages that alleges negligence charges to all three parts including the famous singer.