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Mumford and Sons 25,000 ticket holders too much for Francis Field?

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Updated: 9/06/2013 8:59 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It's open and empty now, but come next weekend when Mumford and Sons fans take over Francis Field, will it be over capacity?

Action News took that question to St. John's County Fire Marshal, John Rayno, who says it will be a tight fit.

"The biggest concern is we've been trying to nail down the tents, the size of the tents, the food trailers, all the things that go on the field so we know exactly what we have," said Rayno.

The field can fit 29,000 people empty. When you factor in those tents, trucks, and the 25,000 ticket holders, space will be tight. The biggest area of concern is near the stage right where everyone will be.

"Because everyone wants to be as close to the stage as possible so we allow the 7 square feet [per person] for the entire field but everyone is going to push up the front," said Rayno.

Local businesses are bracing themselves for the crowds too. A1A Ale Works is on the busiest corner in town and says they've increased their staff by 25 percent.

"We have extra food runners, extra servers, extra people in the kitchen we brought extra people in every area," said Scott King, Executive Chef at A1A Ale Works.

The restaurant is even using their banquet room for takeout orders. Only for this occasion, and only to accommodate the tens of thousands of tourists traveling to the nation's oldest city from all over the world.

Action News has learned that Mumford and Sons usually drops in on a couple businesses during their tours, to play acoustic sets. We hear the city commission knows of one location, but is keeping it a secret.

For the locals and visitors without a ticket, the city is hosting a festival with several bands performing in different parts of St. Augustine.

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