UFC 129 Sold Out In Ticket Buying FrenzyPosted on February 10, 2011, 08:15 PM by codemaster
The UFC achieved another historic milestone today when over 40,000 tickets were sold to rabid Toronto fans. Tom Wright, the director of UFC Canada had to make more seats available only 7 minutes after ticket sales commenced.
Already the UFC are investigating making more seats available due to the huge fan demand, and raising the number of seats to 45,000 to 50,000. This massive amount of sales easily has destroyed the previous MMA North American ticket sales record of 23,152 set recently at UFC 124 in Montreal, Canada.
These sales were all to UFC Fight Club members who may buy their tickets before the general publlic. It appears the general public will have few available seats to purchase, since UFC newletter subscribers are buying tomorrow. On Saturday, when the general public will be able to buy tickets, there probably will be none left.
"Sales were terrific, is the easiest way to say it," Wright told MMA Fighting. "As you might know, it took a long time to properly setup and scale Rogers Centre for UFC 129. This is our first time out of hockey and basketball venues and into a baseball and football stadium. We took great pains to make sure it's a great experience for fans."
"To say the response was overwhelming would be an understatement," said Wright. "In less than an hour we were pretty well down to some singles (tickets)."
"I LOVE CANADA!" UFC president Dana White tweeted The Canadian Press.
As well he should, since the gate alone should easily be well north of $10,000,000.
Wright said, ""I'd love to see a first digit (of) five but time will tell.". Due to the configuration of the stadium, with 6 giant screens added to the already massive high definition Jumbotron, there are only so many more tickets.
This kind of fan reaction and blockbuster event should be good for all of MMA.
Welcome to the next level.