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Billy Joel concert attendees notice increased security presence due to protests

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Those who attended the Billy Joel concert at Busch Stadium noticed an increased security presence. Credit: KMOV Those who attended the Billy Joel concert at Busch Stadium noticed an increased security presence. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Those attending the Billy Joel concert saw an increased security presence due to protests.

Metal fences barricading Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village were in place Thursday afternoon, just hours before the evening's Billy Joel concert. Concert-goers also noticed more police and blocked roads.

"Security compared to this from other concerts has been stepped up a lot. I can tell you that. I have never been to one where the whole road is blocked off," said concert attendee Sally Kaufman.

This past weekend, concerts in St. Louis such as U2 and Ed Sheeran were canceled amidst protests following the Jason Stockley not-guilty verdict Sept. 15. However, promoters kept the Billy Joel concert on the calendar.

Beforehand, police said concert-goers should plan on arriving early and allowing plenty of time for admittance into Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals did not say much about their security plans.

However, the club said they would enforce the rules they have during baseball games, meaning no disruptions, and no signs or banners.

Protesters demonstrated outside the ballpark, chanting and blocking nearby intersections.

Many concertgoers said they were unfazed by the protests, with one expressing support when she spoke to News 4.

"We support, 100 percent what's going on. We want to respect people's right for protesting. All we want to do is go to the concert," said concert attendee Tracy Brinkmeier.

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