Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, the Transportation Security Administration and MGM Grand security are working together to ensure a safe atmosphere for this weekend’s megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
In addition to the 16,500 sold out seats inside the arena, MGM expects to sell nearly three times that number of tickets to closed circuit viewing parties held at ten of their Las Vegas properties on Fight Night.
The long-anticipated bout has generated worldwide interest and expects to draw an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 visitors to the valley making it the largest sporting draw on Metro’s calendar this year. And due to its world-wide appeal, LVMPD’s Events Planning coordinator Lt. Roxanne McDaris suggested it will probably be the most diverse.
McDaris recently consulted with local police in Phoenix, Arizona where this year’s Super Bowl was held, to gain tips on managing crowds at major sporting events.
Metro’s working hard to avoid a repeat of NBA All-Star weekend when, in 2007, some 400 arrests were made when the event was held at the Thomas & Mack Center. Added security measures are planned at McCarran International Airport during peak travel times before and after Saturday’s bout. According to Transportaton Security Administration spokeswoman Lorie Dankers, there will be a 10 percent increase in staffing on Sunday. The TSA will also deploy bomb-sniffing dogs at the airport.