El Paso CVB Condemns UT System's Decision on Bout


POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 3:55pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 4:13pm

The decision by the University of Texas System Chancellor to cancel the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee fight on June 16 citing concerns of safety and that the UTEP campus is not the appropriate venue for this event came as a shock to the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Implying that border violence is reason for cancellation is inflammatory and damaging to the image and reputation of El Paso and is not based in fact. El Paso has consistently been named the safest city in the United States. Additionally Sun Bowl Stadium is more than just a campus venue – it is a community venue hosting the nationally significant Sun Bowl Football Bowl game and community events such as Monster Jam, the Rolling Stones, and soccer matchups. We call upon the UT System to reconsider its decision.

William Blaziek
General Manager
El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau

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