Major venues across Australia are set to increase security measures in the wake of the Manchester Arena terror attack that killed 22 people and injured 64 others.
According to the Australian newspaper, a review has been ordered into security at major venues after the tragedy at the Ariana Grande concert, while the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (AISO) will work with the country’s Federal Police to revaluate current arrangements.
Two Australian Football League matches are due to take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (pictured) this weekend and a spokesman for the venue told the Herald Sun that stadium staff are working with police on security measures.
Other major venues expected to increase security include the ANZ Stadium in Sydney and Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
Meanwhile, a number of investors have opted to sell shares in concert promoter Live Nation and US venue Madison Square Garden over fears the Manchester attack could impact ticket sales at events in the country this summer.
Shares in Live Nation – which is promoting the now-suspended Ariana Grande tour – fell by 31 cents to $33.61 (€30.07/£25.90) on Tuesday and did not recover on Wednesday. Madison Square Garden shares were down to $196.61.
Joe Reinartz, news editor at concert service Pollstar, told the NY Post that although venues will look at how they can increase security, there is only “so much that can be done” to prevent attacks.
Reinartz said: “The industry will look at more security and other concerns immediately. In the long run, only so much can be done.”