Massive crowd forces shutdown of mall on Saturday
While Houstonians enjoyed the extra attention that the NBA All-Star Game brought to the city this past weekend, there were some scary moments. One of those took place on Saturday night, when the Galleria reached its legal capacity and had to be closed at about 8:15.
“There were a lot of people. I’ve never seen that many people at the Galleria,” one witness told KTRH’s television partner, Local 2.
The crowd all trying to get a glimpse of celebrities like LeBron James, who decided against going out a back exit and away from the crowd.
Another witness said, “Everybody got too emotional from seeing all the celebrities. It got out of control.”
Not everyone that was there on Saturday night was scared. Some said getting a chance to be up close with NBA superstars was something they wanted to do.
“It was so packed that you couldn’t move, but it was fun,” one witness explained.
There were no injuries on Saturday night and no arrests either. Houston Police spokesman Victor Senties said they had things under control.
“We had our special response group that was called out there. It was just a precaution, just to ensure that no incidents took place,” Senties said.
The mall was open for business as usual yesterday. Mall officials did not say why they were not seemingly prepared for the crush of people looking to catch a sight of some of the superstars at the mall.