This Guy Faked His Way to Front-Row Mayweather-McGregor Seats

A five-part plan to nab $100,000 tickets

By Kirk Miller

 
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30 August 2017

Simon Wilson claims he’s snuck into Wimbledon matches and a Tyson fight.

But even the gutsy vlogger thought security around last Saturday’s Mayweather-McGregor fight in Las Vegas was going to be too much to handle.

But, he got in. And he filmed the whole process.

Here’s his step-by-step guide...with one major caveat.

1. Scout ahead
Wilson went to a media entrance early. While security was looking at the list for his (real) name, which wasn’t there, he took a picture of the list.

2. Establish your disguise.
Going back later that night to T-Mobile Arena, Wilson — who decided he was now “Chris Smith from Fox” (a name from the list) — claimed he left his credentials back in the hotel. A different security guard called ahead and he was eventually allowed to through the employee entrance and walk about the arena for a bit.

3. Pivot.
Realizing a badge would make entry far easier, he heads to the New York, New York hotel the next morning, where they’re handing out press credentials. Wilson is still going by Chris Smith from Fox — and this is where his editing gets fuzzy. He’s asked for his ID, makes some small talk...and suddenly he has a badge, though there’s no recorded video of what happened next, and some YouTube viewers noticed his subsequent badge read “John Locher.” Hmmm.

4. Act like you know what you’re doing. Then disappear.
Getting into the arena early, Wilson/Smith is able to take a few pictures of the empty ring, talk a bit with arena employees and then ... disappear. He spends most of the time hiding in the bathroom, waiting for doors to open at 2 p.m. so he’ll look less suspicious.

5. Once you’re in, keep going.
By asking questions and befriending staff — the affable white guy with an accent part certainly doesn’t hurt — a credentialed Wilson is able to eventually get backstage (“Is that Demo Lovato?”), down to $100,000 seats and even talk with celebs and get a quote from McGregor.

Bullshit? Perhaps. If he pulled it off ... it’s the greatest Vegas heist since Ocean’s Eleven.

[H/t Like Cool]

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