Riot Fest 2014 moving from Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - The organizers of the Riot Fest & Sideshow say they are moving from Byers to Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium.

The music festival, held last year at May Farms, featured a lineup of punk and rock bands and drew about 14,000 people.

However, during a public hearing, residents complained of noise, traffic and the late hours of last year’s event.

Arapahoe County denied Riot Fest organizers a permit for this year's event saying there were concerns about traffic congestion and that emergency service providers would not be able to serve the residents of Byers, the surrounding areas, or the attendees of Riot Fest on a timely basis.

Riot Fest organizers said while they are appealing the decision, the show will go on at Sports Authority Field September 19 to 21.

"We were essentially tossed out of Byers and after visiting several sites during our week here, we decided on Mile High," organizer Riot Mike said on Facebook. "After much thought about the pros and cons about moving to the stadium versus other venues, the fact that the stadium is willing to allow us to transform their grounds and recreate Byers and May Farms swayed our decision."

In the Facebook posting, Riot Mike apologized to his fan base and thanked them for standing with the festival organizers.

Read Riot Mike's entire statement: http://riotfest.org/2014/07/riot-mikes-message-denver/

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