Two women staked out the United Center for several hours with the hopes of being at the foot of the stage during Beyonce’s performance last December. But instead of being up close for the concert, the two were [allegedly] trampled by a “rushing mob,” knocking them both unconscious and leaving them both with broken bones and other injuries, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Raquel Castellanos and Gabriella Davidson, both “long-time fans of Beyonce,” filed the suit against The United Center, Live Nation Entertainment and Beyonce. Castellanos and Davidson allege that each contributed to the formation of a large, raucous and confused crowd that gathered outside the United Center before Beyonce’s performance.
Prior to the concert on Dec. 13, 2013, the two women bought general admission tickets, which would allow them to stand in the area immediately in front of the stage. To ensure they had as close a view as possible, the two arrived at The United Center several hours before gates opened to concertgoers, the suit stated.
“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 Center — none of which was explained,” the suit stated.