Up to 70,000 fans are expected to fill up the Etihad Stadium today in Melbourne, Australia to watch UFC 193: Rousey Vs Holm, and officials have issued a statement today regarding security concerns after last night’s orchestrated terrorist attack in Paris which left over a hundred people dead.
Word of the Paris attacks, which included an assault on a theatre venue with guns and explosives that was to take the lives of at least 80 people, began to spread around the time the UFC 193 weigh-ins were taking place yesterday.
The incident has shocked the world and so even thousands of miles away in Australia, Within hours of the attack a joint statement from the UFC and the Etihad Stadium had been released to reassure fans that they were taking every precaution to ensure their safety at the venue.
“Etihad Stadium and UFC jointly send their thoughts and sympathy to those impacted by the terrible incidents which occurred in France.
Regarding tomorrow’s scheduled UFC 193 card at Etihad Stadium, officials from Etihad Stadium, UFC, and Victoria Police have come together to review all major safety protocols and procedures prior to this major event. This risk assessment and planning process takes place before all events held at Etihad Stadium, and the venue, promoter and police will remain diligent in this process in light of today’s tragedies in France.
We have been advised by Victoria Police there is nothing to suggest that tomorrow’s event will in any way be impacted by the events in France, it is important to note that precautions are being taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all in attendance.”