Burning Man attendance cap proposed to prevent overcrowding

Burning Man attendance cap

Burning Man may soon have an attendance cap. If you are planning on going to Burning Man this year, you might want o buy your tickets early. The popular festival may soon have an 80,000 attendance cap.

Every year, in the Black Rock desert of Nevada, there is a gathering almost hard to believe: the Burning Man. This huge grouping takes place every last weekend of August. In the space of 7 days, the desert comes alive and a small temporary city settles there to live the most incredible experiences. The city takes the name of Black Rock City and becomes, during the festival, one of the most populated cities of Nevada. This is Burning Man.

Every year more than 60,000 people go to Burning Man. However, the number has been increasing every year as the festival gets more popular in the US and around the world. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management hs now recommend the event to capped at 80,000 for the next 10 years. This attendance cap aims to prevent overcrowding and to limit the disturbance caused by the massive flow of people on surrounding communities. The organizers of the event wanted to raise the cap to 100,000.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management, Rudy Evenson, told local media that “The BLM and cooperating agencies could not support the event growing. The city of Reno, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol as well as the Bureau of Land Management could not support the growth particularly because there are other events going on during Labor Day.”

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The Burning Man is a festival where over 60,000 people come to celebrate artistic creations, music and the environment. The golden rule of this festival is that once finished, you must leave no trace. This festival is based on ecology and all artistic creations are partly made from recycled materials.

Angie Mahecha

Angie Mahecha, an Engineering Student at the University of Central Florida, is originally from Colombia but has been living in Florida for the past 10 Years.