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'In excess of $200,000 in damage' done to Vancouver's PNE during Lil Baby riot

$200K in damage at PNE

It's still not clear how much damage was caused by Sunday's riot at the PNE, but representatives for the venue say it's hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Of the 5,200 people who were at the PNE's Amphitheatre for the Breakout Festivals closing act, Lil Baby, the majority left peacefully when told the headliner wouldn't be performing just before he was supposed to take to the stage, but hundreds remained and turned to violence and vandalism.

"Approximately 1,000 of the guests turned their disappointment into a violent outburst that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to PNE property inside the Amphitheatre and in Hastings Park," states the PNE in a press release. "It is our understanding that there was additional damage to property outside of Hastings Park, in the community and to local businesses. For this we are incredibly sorry to our neighbours."

The park and PNE are owned by the city and run by a not-for-profit organization.

While it's unclear exactly how much damage was done to the PNE and Hastings Park, a spokesperson tells Vancouver Is Awesome "it is in excess of $200,000 in damage."

"We will also be working with any members of our neighbourhood, businesses or residences who were affected in order to ensure we can help support them," reads the statement from the PNE. "We are still working through logistics of how this will work and will keep stakeholders advised."

They note they're working with the festival promoter and an insurance company to repair the site.



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