Etihad Stadium is taking extra precautions for UFC 193 in light of the terror attacks that hit Paris on Friday.
The stadium and the UFC sent out a joint statement Friday evening, stating that all safety protocols will be reviewed and officials will be “diligent” in the wake of the France tragedy. The release made it clear that it is not expected that UFC 193 will be affected by the events.
CNN is reporting that at least 153 are dead from explosions and gunfire in an organized attack on Paris in multiple locations.
UFC 193 is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm. The UFC has a chance to break its all-time attendance record of 55,724, set at UFC 129 in Toronto on April 30, 2011. Etihad can hold upwards of 75,000.
The full statement can be read below:
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.