The UFC’s second Vancouver show may have had it’s problems with illness and ticket sales, but it went off without a hitch in the security department. This was kinda important since the city was acting like MMA fans are one step above methed out gangbangers, and we’re STILL hearing about that gay bashing incident after UFC 115 that probably wasn’t even commited by UFC fans.
Despite fears of violence on the streets, the Vancouver Police Department reported “no incidents of note” Saturday night connected to a mixed martial arts event at Rogers Arena.
Const. Jana McGuinness, a VPD media relations officer, said the department increased its motorcycle and foot patrols around the venue after fight fans spilled into surrounding neighbourhoods.
“They didn’t report in any incidents of note,” said McGuinness, noting the VPD also had officers working inside the arena. “There was good dialogue with the police and the community since last year and their concerns were brought forward and we responded with increased patrols.”
Even the wussy residents association people were only able to complain about alleged overwhelming pee smell:
“They mostly seemed to head up to Granville, where I’m sure it was a rambunctious night,” said Bickerton in an email to the Courier Monday. “The sides of buildings and sidewalks reeked of urine around here yesterday though from all of the public micturition after the event. If UFC had paid to provide porta-potties and the extra police as we requested, we wouldn’t have that problem. But thankfully, no violence I’m aware of.”
La dee da, Mister Bigwords does not acquiesce to rambunctious micturition! Maybe instead of spending his day sniffing out sidewalk piss, he should have worried a bit more about the hockey game that went on last night.
Cars were torched, porta-potties set on fire, windows smashed and looting took place, while mobs of angry, unruly fans roamed the city’s downtown streets looking for and finding trouble in areas where only hours before record crowds had gathered to cheer on the Canucks.
Thick plumes of smoke from the numerous fires rose over downtown Vancouver, as darkness closed in on a city that thought it would be spared a repeat of the infamous riots in 1994 that followed a similar loss by the Canucks in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup.
Much of the smoke came from a number of cars set alight in the parkade of The Bay, which also had many of its windows smashed at Vancouver’s main intersection of Georgia and Granville.
Fist fights were plentiful. In some locations, people appalled by the violence tried to talk sense to the rioters, with only marginal success.
At one intersection, police fired what appeared to be flashbangs into the crowd, after rioters smashed windows at a liquor store.
Nothing like a good old hockey riot to make us MMA fans seem pretty awesome huh? I bet you can’t even smell all the micturition any more over the scent of cop cars on fucking fire.