Australia’s largest stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), will ban cars from parking at the venue for major events under a new security plan, it announced on Wednesday.
The MCG, one of the largest stadiums in the world, can accommodate over 100,000 people.
Report says the stadium usually hosts Australian Rules football games, as well as concerts and other events.
“The decision to scrap public parking was designed to reduce the likelihood of a vehicle attack targeting a crowd.
“Spectators are now urged to take public transport to the stadium, which is close to train and tram lines, during all big events,” the stadium said.
In 2017, two incidents took place in Melbourne in which vehicles were used to mow down people in public places.
A total of seven people were killed, although neither incident was related to terrorism.
After the incidents, Melbourne authorities introduced several public safety measures, including 140 road bollards and emergency warnings.
“We need to minimise the risk of interactions between vehicles and pedestrians, especially in crowded places such as outside the MCG,” stadium’s chief executive, Stuard Fox, said.
The stadium said for smaller events, motorists would be able to park outside the ground but would face more security scrutiny.
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