Ground Rules for Events at the Empire State Plaza

Ground Rules


In order to maintain the public safety and security of State property, its occupants and visitors during OGS sponsored special events, as well as to enhance the efficient and orderly operation of the facilities, until further notice, we are establishing special ground rules for the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza (ESP), the Capitol, and all surrounding areas, including the Plaza Level of the ESP, West Capitol Park, East Capitol Park, and Lafayette Park.

The following special grounds rules will be in effect during special events at the Empire State Plaza:

  • No tickets necessary

  • No alcoholic beverages (other than those sold on site by authorized vendors)

  • No coolers (defined as rigid insulated containers) or glass containers of any kind

  • No animals or pets (excludes ADA-defined service animals)

  • No personal fireworks or sparklers

  • Audio and/or video recording of any artists’ performances is prohibited

  • State Police or security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items

  • Anyone intending to purchase, possess or consume alcohol should be prepared to present proof of age

  • Free parking in the East Parking Garage