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‘Brawl at Symphony Hall’ Ultimate Fight night canceled

I reported last week about a Mixed Martial Arts event scheduled in January at Symphony Hall, but the event has been canceled after patrons complained.

From an AJC story, “No brawl in Symphony Hall“…

Symphony Hall officials had signed a contract with Sin City Fight Club promoter William McAlister, but they pulled out after a story in the Dec. 17 Atlanta Journal-Constitution prompted calls from angry patrons, McAlister said.

A few days later, he received his deposit in the mail along with a letter of termination, dated the same day as the AJC story.

What do you think? Did Symphony Hall officials make the right call?

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December 24th, 2009
12:22 am

Appreciating music & martial at the highest level deserves a appropriate showcase. This event could have elevated the sport & the venue.

It’s a shame class snobbery & the close minded canceled the competition and the money it would have brought in. This would have been a great opportunity for symphony patrons to experience something new in a familiar setting. Fight fans would have been introduced to the hall & may have bought tickets to Frédéric Chopin’s work.

I have enjoyed the challenges of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Piano for more than a decade, I will be student as long as the body & mind are able. Now let’s match BJ Penn Vs. GSP with the Atlanta orchestra scoring Wagner!



December 23rd, 2009
11:40 pm

Oh pass the Grey Poupon lovey.

If they declined to book the event because the didn’t want the lower classes soiling the seats, that would have been OK; but canceling after fans bought tickets & fighters prepared to do the deed, that is wrong. I hope the promoter sues & it hurts the venue in the wallet! Money that could have supported the arts will be spent on the settlement. I will not be attending any events at the Hall. Buy tickets to the Fox theatre, they have better acoustics anyway.

Nutcracker anyone?


December 23rd, 2009
9:27 pm

I mean, the fight was a stupid idea. Glad SH cancelled it.


December 23rd, 2009
9:26 pm

was a stupid idea. it tarnishes the name of Symphony Hall. yuk. glad they cancelled.