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Crystal Ballroom damaged during concert

The historic Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland was structurally damaged during a sold-out concert Sunday night.

Police responded to a request for assistance with crowd control from the concert hall at 11:18 p.m. on April 13. Officers arrived at the hall at 1332 W. Burnside and found damage to a support beam, creating an unsafe situation.

When the damage was discovered, rapper Schoolboy Q was performing at the hall before an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people. Staff began evacuating the crowd, causing a disturbance, disrupting traffic on Burnside. Officers were able to clear the streets and assist concert-goers in either safely leaving the area or returning to downstairs section of the venue.

There were no arrests were made during the incident.

McMenamins, the owner of the Crystal Ballroom, issued the following statement Monday morning:

"Crystal Ballroom staff spotted the cracked beam during last night’s second performance of rapper Schoolboy Q and we proactively decided to evacuate the premises in order to safely assess the situation.

"While there may well have been nothing to worry about, our number one priority is the public’s safety. Structural engineers and city inspectors are coming to the building to ensure that everything is as it should be and we want to assure audiences that we’re taking every precaution. We are offering refunds for last night’s show to everyone who requests one: ticket holders should forward their confirmation email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to expedite the refund. (Ticketholders for Stub Hub or other secondary outlets will need to contact those outlets directly.)

"Meanwhile, we are working to make sure every concert on the calendar this week continues as planned.

"We appreciate everyone’s concern and we will keep you posted once we have evaluated the situation further."