Venues take extra precautions ahead of weekend events due to heat

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The weekend heat wave arrived just in time some for some major events in central Indiana. But, emergency officials warn about the dangers of mixing alcohol with exposure to the hot temperatures.

In Noblesville, the campgrounds are packed near Klipsch Music Center with Dave Matthews Band fans in town for a two-night concert. Many are taking extra steps to stay cool. While several groups brought inflatable pools to sit in while tailgating, others used ice packs while sitting in the shade.

The venue itself is changing some of its rules to accommodate fans and make sure they are staying hydrated. Klipsch is allowing concert each person to bring in two 2-liter bottles or up to a gallon of water. Usually, they only allow one 1-liter bottle. A spokesperson for Klipsch also said they have misting fans and refillable water stations available.

The Centers for Disease Control warns about the dangers of drinking while out in the heat. Alcohol can actually speed up dehydration. The CDC suggests watching out for these symptoms when it comes to heat illness:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Fainting
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin

The heat is leading to some changes at Victory Field, too.

"When the forecast comes like this, with temperatures and heat indices the way they are, certainly we lift our water restrictions and allow fans to bring in their own water," said Jon Glesing, from the Indianapolis Indians.

The fans will be allowed to bring in their own water Saturday and Sunday as well.

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