Disco Demolition Night Was Seriously Disturbing

Sarah Ng

Although disco was one of the most beloved music genres in the late 1970s, not everyone was on board with the popular dance numbers. Rock music fans, in particular, had strong, negative reactions to the genre. In fact, this opposition was so prevalent—it inspired one of the most disturbing Major League Baseball promotions in history.

A Twisted Promotion


During a disappointing season, the White Sox saw this hatred for disco as the perfect opportunity to fill their stadium with fans. They hired anti-disco campaigner Steve Dahl to organize an unbelievable promotion. Tickets to the doubleheader at Comiskey Park were sold at a discount rate of 98 cents. To get said discount, guests simply had to bring a disco record to the event. Dahl planned to collect thousands of these records and destroy them all with a dramatic explosion.

Out Of Control

July 12, 1979 was the date of Disco Demolition Night—and the turnout was jaw-dropping. White Sox officials never foresaw a crowd of 50,000 people showing up. Shockingly, the stadium reached capacity, causing thousands of hopeful attendees to sneak in after they were denied entry. Pandemonium ensued.

Though the plan was for staff to collect all the records, the staggering number of guests meant that many began flinging their vinyl albums from the stands like frisbees. But the day took an even darker turn after the crate of disco records exploded. Waves of people rushed onto the field and turned the event into a wild riot.

The Sad Truth

In the end, the White Sox had to forfeit the second game due to the damage inflicted on the field. But that’s not the most disappointing part. Many believe Disco Demolition Night was a clear expression of prejudice and homophobia, and that the extreme event sparked the decline of disco.

Sources: 1

Factinate Featured Logo Featured Article
My mom never told me how her best friend died. Years later, I was using her phone when I made an utterly chilling discovery.
Dark Family Secrets Exposed Dark Family Secrets Exposed
Factinate Featured Logo Featured Article
Madame de Pompadour was the alluring chief mistress of King Louis XV, but few people know her dark history—or the chilling secret shared by her and Louis.
Entrancing Facts About Madame de Pompadour, France's Most Powerful Mistress Entrancing Facts About Madame de Pompadour, France's Most Powerful Mistress
Factinate Featured Logo Featured Article
I tried to get my ex-wife served with divorce papers. I knew that she was going to take it badly, but I had no idea about the insane lengths she would go to just to get revenge and mess with my life.
These People Got Genius Revenges These People Got Genius Revenges
Factinate Featured Logo Featured Article
Catherine of Aragon is now infamous as King Henry VIII’s rejected queen—but few people know her even darker history.
Tragic Facts About Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s First Wife Tragic Facts About Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s First Wife

Dear reader,

Want to tell us to write facts on a topic? We’re always looking for your input! Please reach out to us to let us know what you’re interested in reading. Your suggestions can be as general or specific as you like, from “Life” to “Compact Cars and Trucks” to “A Subspecies of Capybara Called Hydrochoerus Isthmius.” We’ll get our writers on it because we want to create articles on the topics you’re interested in. Please submit feedback to contribute@factinate.com. Thanks for your time!

Do you question the accuracy of a fact you just read? At Factinate, we’re dedicated to getting things right. Our credibility is the turbo-charged engine of our success. We want our readers to trust us. Our editors are instructed to fact check thoroughly, including finding at least three references for each fact. However, despite our best efforts, we sometimes miss the mark. When we do, we depend on our loyal, helpful readers to point out how we can do better. Please let us know if a fact we’ve published is inaccurate (or even if you just suspect it’s inaccurate) by reaching out to us at contribute@factinate.com. Thanks for your help!

Warmest regards,

The Factinate team