Ultra Music Festival to ban minors

Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 8:54 p.m.

MIAMI — Ultra Music Festival organizers say minors will no longer be allowed at the annual Miami electronic dance music event.

Organizers announced Friday that no one under 18 will be admitted to the 2015 festival.

The three-day event came under fire in March after a guard was seriously injured by gate-crashers. Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado had proposed kicking the event out of the city, but city commissioners voted to let it stay. Festival organizers agreed to hire more police, install stronger fencing and set up drug and mental health stations.

Regalado told The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/MitymE ) on Tuesday that he still believes downtown Miami is a bad place for Ultra, but he praised organizers for making the event adults-only.

Ticket pre-registration for next year's festival begins Sept. 15. The event is scheduled for March 27-29.

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