The UFC announced today that tickets for their April 30th event, UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields, sold out just minutes after they were made available. Due to the high demand, the Rogers Centre, which was originally configured for a 42,000 capacity crowd, was reformatted to allow an additional 13,000 seats, bringing the total number sold to 55,000.
The promotion worked tirelessly to bring a show to Canada’s largest city, making UFC 129 the first major mixed martial arts event of its kind to be held in Toronto.
At this point the event has doubled the North American attendance record set this past December, when 23,152 filled Montreal’s Bell Centre for UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck 2. In addition, according to UFC officials, gate revenue generated will also reach record breaking numbers, which previously stood at $5.4 million from UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz in December 2006.
With two records already demolished, UFC 129 is now being considered as the largest single-day event gate in the history of Rogers Centre.
UFC 129 is set for April 30th from the Rogers Centre in Tornoto, Ontario, Canada and will be headlined by Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Jake Shields, while Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Canada’s own Mark Hominick in the co-main event attraction.