The sounds of the band Further boomed from Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on Sunday night, culminating an afternoon of souvenir and foods sales along “Shakedown Street,” a marketplace that travels with the Grateful Dead legacy band.
Ticketholders and would-be concertgoers looking for a “miracle” free ticket for admission hovered around the parking lots of the ball field and Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce. The odor of beer mixed with smoke as people moved among the crowded stalls. Along with contemporary casual summer attire, some fans wore tie-dyed clothing, bandanas and beads.
Further features original Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. At Shakedown Street, Grateful Dead fans sell shirts, stuffed bears and other goods.
Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert said the department was following its plan for security and crowd control. The lots started filling with vendors at 8 a.m., he said, and 12 hours later, no criminal problems had developed and no arrests had been made.
Officials made some accommodations for Sunday’s Dead crowd, such as allowing beer to be sold inside the stadium and consumed in the parking lot. Ticket sales figures weren’t available Sunday night, but tickets were being sold for $60 at the entrance.