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Metro softens statement about staying away from the Strip

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are clarifying a comment made at a news conference  that people should not be on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night unless they have a fight ticket.

Metro made the statement at a news conference Monday when talking about security for the big Mayweather - Pacquiao fight.

The warning didn't sit well with some viewers who posted comments on social media saying they should be able to experience the excitement on the Strip, if they choose. 

Every weekend, the Las Vegas Strip is packed with people, but this Saturday night, those crowds could double or triple, police said.

While Metro Police can't stop anyone from visiting the Strip, they want people to know congestion will be a major issue.

"Anytime we can keep our tourists safe, it just assures that they will come back again," said Metro Police Captain Robert Duvall.

He says extra officers are in place to handle crowd control for the big fight at the MGM Grand. He says authorities are advising people not going to the event to stay off the Strip.

"We will never tell anyone to stay away from the Strip, everybody is welcome," Duvall said. "All we are saying is it's going to be very crowded. Expect a huge crowd."

The warning from Metro did get some people fired up and they posted comments saying Metro can't tell them what to do.

One man visiting from Texas says he gets it because people want to be part of the action and he would do the same.

"Just the excitement, the electricity in the air, the whole works," said Frank Malone, tourist.

On the other hand, his fiancee understands why the police are concerned.

"It's just too much, too many people," said Laura Villanueva. "I think it would just get too crazy. I could just watch it from home."

Strip attractions like The LINQ and High Roller say they don't expect crowds to stay away on fight night and they are already planning special events all weekend long.

"The more the merrier, we are setting up for what we do New Year's Eve," said Eric Eberhart, general manager of the LINQ High Roller. "We are planning for a large crowd to ensure all of our guests are perfectly safe and we are looking forward to hosting them."

Metro is also encouraging drivers to avoid Las Vegas Boulevard and park away from the Strip.


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