More people hospitalized during night one of the 2017 Sunset Music Festival compared to last year

Dozens hospitalized during popular music festival
Posted at 11:23 PM, May 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 06:48:01-04

Despite additional efforts to help keep people hydrated at this year's Sunset Music Festival held Saturday and Sunday at the Raymond James parking lot, more people ended up at the hospital on day one compared to last year.

Tampa Fire spokesman Jason Penny says emergency crews transported 32 people to hospitals, that's close to 10 more than the same time last year.

In addition to hospitalizations, there were 30 felony arrests and 16 misdemeanor arrests. That's 13 more arrests than last year. 

This year, organizers added water stations, canopies and a cooling area for people to cool off, even offering free water bottles as the more than 50,000 people expected there entered the venue.

"It was great," said Yerson Salas, who attended both days of the festival. "Obviously we cooled down and all that."

Two people died last year from apparent overdoses, while dozens of others were hospitalized.

A spokesperson for Tampa General says they took in four patients on Saturday, two for intoxication, one for dehydration and another for a laceration.

Salas and his friends didn't notice any emergencies while they were there and hope the higher numbers won't deter city leaders from allowing the concert to be held in Tampa next year. 

"It's completely in the responsibility of the person," said Jordan Nieves.

Tampa Police arrested ten people for drugs on day two, adding to the close to 14 for similar charges the day before. 

"Obviously this is a rave scene," said Rashad Arjomand ,"but not everybody does drugs, some of us like to come out here and party."