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Police: No fight ticket, stay off the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police would rather folks stay at home and watch the Mayweather - Pacquiao fight on pay-per-view than try to add to the crowds anticipated on the Las Vegas Strip.

Metro Police and Clark County Fire officials discussed security plans for the Strip over the weekend.

Being billed as the greatest fight of the century, local police are getting prepared for the crowds by beefing up security like never before for a fight.

"There are going to be a ton of people there and we have plans set in place accordingly to address that," said Metro Deputy Chief Gary Schofield.

More officers will be on duty, streets will be closed and prisoner buses will be on standby.

"Our goal is not to make a lot of arrests, our goal is to allow people to enjoy themselves and enjoy the event," Deputy Chief Schofield said.

Inside the arena, the goal is to prevent incidents like stampedes that injured guests after boxing events in 1997 and last year.

The boxing ring is already set up in the middle of MGM's Grand Garden arena waiting for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. 

Metro's police officers are expecting most of the action to happen after the fight.

"We've learned to increase additional officers at the scene, to continue to work with our partners of additional security forces like MGM, and bringing everyone to the table with one concerted effort," Deputy Chief Schofield said.

Tim Jeffery, the vice president of MGM Grand's security says people without tickets could be told to leave the casino and guests with fight tickets will not be able to exit into the casino after the fight. They will have to leave through the nearest exit and then return to the casino, if they choose.

"We have teams specifically on duty that night and during the day who's job it is to discourage loitering and move loitering guests to areas where they are allowed to be or where they need to be," he said.

Metro compared planning for this fight like planning for NASCAR or New Year's Eve and those events take a year of planning. This event was less than three months from the announcement to fight night.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority can't estimate how many people will be in Las Vegas because of the fight, but if every room is booked on the Strip, that adds up to around 300,000 people.


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