CAP Security Services Support the Biggest Boxing Match in Australian History
MannyPacquiao V Jeff Horn Fight
Date: Sunday, July 2, 2017
Location: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Our Services: Licensed Crowd Control Officers, Event Security and Gate Staff, Licensed Security Officers, Roving and Response Guards, Bar, Corporate and VIP Security, Traffic Control, and Competitor Protection onsite.
What an incredible time to be in the security business! The Jeff Horn V Manny Pacquiao fight held at Suncorp Stadium Sunday 2 July was, as predicted, a huge success. CAP Security Services worked tirelessly in the lead up to the event to prepare our team and develop an appropriate security strategy for the sellout crowd. The media, along with diehard boxing fans around the world, generated a huge amount of buzz for the match which was quickly identified as being the biggest boxing match in Australian history.
On the day, Suncorp Stadium was filled to capacity with 55,000 eager boxing fans. It was the largest crowd that boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao, had ever competed in front of, and most definitely the largest for our local boy Jeff Horn.
Members of the CAP Security Services team had the surreal experience of feeling those 55,000 sets of eyes on Horn and Pacquiao while escorting them through the crowd to the ring at the centre of the stadium. With adrenalin radiating from the fighters, the crowd roaring, and walk-in music filling the stadium, the atmosphere was truly electrifying.
Being part of another sell-out event was a thrill for our team, this is what we are trained to do. As Suncorp Stadium’s security partner, we were tasked with ensuring that the event ran as smoothly as possible by securing the venue from the outside in, as well as maintaining the safety of all patrons, the boxers and their supporting crews. This involved safely navigating the boxers through the crowd before and after the match, providing roving and response guards, as well as security at bar areas, corporate suites and for VIPs. Our team supervised and controlled the crowd inside the stadium, ensuring the efficient flow of patron traffic in and out of the stadium, and conducted thorough entry screenings for every individual on arrival. Two specialist teams, who had received extensive training in the lead-up, were given accredited access to secure the ring and back-of-house areas.
Our services also extended beyond the stadium walls to traffic control outside of the stadium, as part of a well-planned transport strategy.
When we think about all of those whose safety is reliant on us, we couldn’t be more proud of our team and their execution. We know that all our hard work both pre-event and during the event has paid off when everyone can arrive at the venue with ease, have a memorable night and head home safely.
With world renowned fighter Manny Pacquiao versing an ex-school teacher with far less experience, there were disbelievers who didn’t believe that the fight should have taken place. It must have been a thrilling experience for Jeff Horn to have so many Queenslanders present to witness his rapid rise to boxing fame, as Australia’s first World Boxing Organisation Welterweight Champion.
Although the fight stirred quite a bit of controversy from the beginning, that translated to even more eyes on Suncorp Stadium, and our fair state. Queensland was lucky to have an estimated $100 million dollars worth of free advertising as the fight aired straight out of Brisbane to around one billion international fans. Not to mention the $100 million boost to the economy brought in by tourism. To think about all those around the world, setting an alarm for the middle of the night to wake up and watch the fight, all of those with friends and family crowded around in the living room, and of course all of those, including our team, who were fortunate enough to witness the live event, it’s needless to say, the fight packed a punch!
The whole city has a role to play in an event of this magnitude. Police closed Caxton Street for the safety of patrons as they left the venue and dispersed to public transport. We at CAP Security Services supplied traffic control staff while Queensland Transport provided free services for event ticket holders from 6.00am right through to 4 hours after the main event.
The aftermath was a balance of mostly positive, with some negative – which comes naturally in the sports territory. Unfortunately, some individuals criticised the event and the final judgment, however, Horn has since received confirmation of his win from an independent review of the scoring.
In the past, CAP Security Services has provided security for fights, including boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, MMA and wrestling. Some proud moments have included the Jeff Horn v Rico Mueller fight at Sleeman Sports Centre, Evolution Fighting Championships, Supreme Carnage at Southbank Piazza, as well as numerous other fights at Festival Hall (we miss this venue), RNA Showgrounds and Sleeman Sport Centre.
With our experience, we were able to advise all stakeholders prior to the Horn V Pacquiao fight on the best security practices to use for securing the ring, the fighters and their support crew, and VIPs.
Horn V Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium will undoubtedly be one of the major highlights of 2017 for the CAP Security Services team, alongside the Adele Concerts at the Gabba, and of course Justin Bieber at Suncorp Stadium. We’re looking forward to servicing more upcoming major events at Suncorp Stadium including the Rugby League World Cup in October, Paul McCartney in December and Ed Sheeran in March 2018.
For more information on our security services visit our website, call our Brisbane office on (07) 3275 7777, or Townsville office on (07) 4723 2000.