OAKLAND -- A late-night musical event at the Oakland Coliseum flooded police phones with hundreds of noise complaints from Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro Saturday night and Sunday morning, prompting stadium officials to issue an apology Sunday evening.
The "Beyond Wonderland" event, a dance music festival featuring extensive light shows, theatrical performers and carnival rides, was held in the Coliseum complex's south parking lot. The show -- produced by electronic dance music promoters Insomniac Events -- was billed to run from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday.
By 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police were already receiving dozens of noise complaints. The San Leandro Police Department issued a community alert stating that the calls were overwhelming the city's 911 system and asking callers to contact the Oakland Police Department.
Oakland police Officer. J. Moore said the calls easily numbered into the hundreds.
Sunday evening, the city of Oakland and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum issued a joint statement, apologizing for the "discomfort and inconvenience" caused by the noise. The statement said that the sound setup was adjusted after a sound check in the afternoon, but that those changes were "clearly not sufficient to control the impact" on residents.
The city and the Coliseum also promised an immediate review of their audio management procedures for live events, and said they would work more closely with neighboring cities for
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