Officials Discuss Fairground Lot Issues

Officials from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and N.C. State met Wednesday to discuss changes in security and safety procedure for the Fairgrounds Lot on Trinity Road, site of Saturday's shooting deaths of two young men visiting the area for N.C. State's football game against the University of Richmond.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture spokesman Brian Long told Pack Pride that meeting was attended by N.C. State Interim Chancellor Robert Barnhardt, N.C. State Athletic Director Lee Fowler, and Department of Agriculture Commissioner Britt Cobb, among others.

Long told Pack Pride that the Department of Agriculture, which owns the Fairgrounds lot, took Saturday's shootings "very seriously," and stressed that officials were working quickly to improve fan safety at the Trinity Road lot and attempt to prevent such a "tragedy" from happening again. Long also emphasized that N.C. State and Department of Agriculture officials were "working together" on the issue and hoped to announce their plans soon, perhaps as quickly as Friday of this week.

N.C. State spokesman Keith Nichols, when contacted by Pack Pride, stated that the meeting took place and several potential plans of action were discussed, but that no final decisions had been made.

The Trinity Road lot, across that road from Carter-Finley Stadium, is part of the Department of Agriculture's North Carolina State Fairgrounds complex, and has for many years served as a tailgating area for N.C. State football fans.

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