73,126 Attend Canelo Alvarez Fight In Arlington
Two weeks after the Las Vegas Review-Journal irresponsibly called out Dana White and UFC for hosting more than 16,000 in Jacksonville, Florida, a number of events filled out larger venues in the United States and elsewhere. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas was packed with 73,126 boxing fans as Canelo Alvarez scored an eighth round TKO over Billy Joe Saunders. After his corner threw in the towel, Saunders went straight to the emergency room with a suspected broken orbital bone near his eye, a fate much worse than 99 percent-plus of COVID cases. The card broke the record as the most-heavily attended indoor boxing event ever in the United States. In Cobb County, Georgia, nearly 40,000 attended the Atlanta Braves thrilling 12-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta become the second Major League Baseball team to allow full capacity crowds this weekend, and fans showed up despite the city's scheduled 2021 All-Star game being pulled and the team having its commemorative patch removed like petty officers busted down to seaman. Elsewhere, fans continue to flock back to the footy in Australia. The Adelaide Oval was at full capacity for the first time since 2019 to watch the Port Adelaide Power v. Adelaide Crows 'Showdown'. The night came complete with a streaker appearance before the start of the second half. Another huge crowd attended a North Melbourne v. Collingwood game at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium. The continued return to sanity comes on the heels of impressive attendance numbers at college football spring games, with 50 percent capacity at the University of Alabama (47,000) and University of Nebraska (36,406). On lesser notes, Disneyland finally did away with temperature checks, but still require masks and social distancing. The Premier League announced it will house limited spectators beginning May 17. English leagues and most other major European soccer competitions have been played behind closed doors as their seasons wind down.