Support beam cracks, Crystal Ballroom evacuated

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Police shut down several roads to manage a crowd of nearly 1,500 after the Crystal Ballroom was evacuated Sunday night following reports of a cracked support beam.

Sgt. Greg Stewart, a police spokesman, said more than a half dozen officers responded to the iconic concert venue at Southwest 13th and West Burnside.

According to the marquee, “Oxymoron World Tour” with Schoolboy Q was headlining the event that reportedly started at 8 p.m.

Crystal Ballroom evacuated April 13, 2014. (@PaydenLightner/Twitter)
Crystal Ballroom evacuated April 13, 2014. (@PaydenLightner/Twitter)

Police were called around 11:20 p.m. Sunday night to help evacuate the building. Stewart said the venue’s staff discovered damage to a support beam.

Officers closed several roads around the concert hall as fans funneled out onto the streets. The roads were re-opened within a half hour of the evacuation.

McMenamins, the Portland-based pub and restaurant chain which owns the Ballroom, issued a statement Monday, saying structural engineers and city inspectors would be surveying the building before the venue is re-opened.

Monday afternoon, the Crystal Ballroom tweeted: “at this point ALL of our upcoming events are scheduled to go on as planned”

The group also announced refunds are being offered for anyone in attendance for the show and can be redeemed by forwarding their confirmation email to Ticketholders for Stub Hub or other secondary outlets will need to contact those outlets directly.

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