After a new permit was issued allowing Burning Man to grow to as many as 60,900 people this year — 2011’s limit was 50,000 — event organizers announced last week that only a small number of extra tickets will be released.
Event organizer Black Rock LLC wants to “relieve some of the stress in our community.” They also don’t want to exceed the new limit and risk having the permit revoked for good. Burning Man was placed on probation last year after exceeding its attendance ceiling by nearly 4,000.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management only issued a one-year permit for 2012. Organizers had applied for a five-year permit, hoping at the time to increase attendance to 70,000 by 2016.
“If the festival does not exceed its population this year or violate its 13 permit conditions and 50 stipulations ... Burning Man could receive a permit to operate from 2013 through 2016 at varying crowd sizes,” organizers said.