Fans knock down fence to see T-Pain after Canalside reaches capacity

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There is speculation that Thursday night’s T-Pain crowd at Canalside was too much for the venue to handle.

On average, Canalside’s free Thursday night concerts draw in between 7,000 and 15,000 people. This one attracted an estimated 25,000 people, according to General Manager of Canalside with Spectra Venue Management Ryan Coate.

“At about 8:30, we shut the gates down, because we were at our full capacity,” Coate said.

This did not stop fans from rushing in to see the rapper, as Coate said between 1,000 and 1,500 people broke through a fence to get in.

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Those outside the Canalside barriers could be seen hopping on street signs to get a better look at the stage.

Canalside’s last free Thursday concert will take place next week. Claypool Lennon Delirium, which features John Lennon’s son Sean and Primus bassist Les Claypool, will perform. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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