A week after USC President C.L. Max Nikias sent an email to students warning them of the dangers involved with raves, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission has voted to allow Insomniac, Inc. to host the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum in June, a year after a minor was killed from an ecstasy overdose at last year’s event.
The two-day electronic music festival is scheduled for June 24 and 25, and is considered as the largest two-day music festival in the country.
The festival will occur almost exactly a year after 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez’s death from an ecstasy overdose at last year’s event.
Organizers say this year’s event will have increased security measures to ensure that minors will not be allowed into the event. Also, organizers will play anti-drug notices and distribute fliers warning about the dangers of drug use before the beginning of the concert.
This year’s attendance will also be capped at 75,000 patrons per day; last year, the event saw an average 93,000 participants per day. Four hundred LAPD officers will be on-hand, with 100 patrolling inside the Coliseum and 300 patrolling outside.
The Coliseum is under increasing pressure to meet its revenue goals. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Coliseum fell $1.1 million short of its $2.3 million goal for the second half of 2010.