If there was any question about whether the UFC could fill out the Rogers Centre in Toronto for UFC 129, the answer appears to be a resounding yes. The UFC announced today that they sold all 42,000+ UFC 129 tickets during the UFC Fight Club member pre-sale, and in the process set themselves up to shatter the current North American MMA attendance record of 23,152 that they set late last year at UFC 124 in Montreal.
Dana White and UFC Canada’s Tom Wright were thrilled to say the least.
“I LOVE CANADA!” UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press in a text message.
“To say the response was overwhelming would be an understatement,” said Tom Wright, the UFC’s director of Canadian operations. “In less than an hour we were pretty well down to some singles (tickets).”
Of course, not all people that bought tickets intend to go to the show. While it’s difficult to tell what percentage of buyers were in fact scalpers, there are already plenty of tickets showing up online for resell.
Some of those who managed to buy tickets Thursday were quick to put them up for resale. One seller offered eight side-by-side seats in Section 115 — face value of $150 each — for $4,500 or $562.50 each.
Another on Craigslist offered two $50 tickets for $175 each “or highest bidder.
Tickets also appeared on Stubhub, a ticket reseller.
The UFC intends to release more tickets for tomorrow’s newsletter pre-sale and Saturday’s public sale, but officials aren’t sure how many more seats they’ll be able to open up. Tom Wright said they’d love to do 50,000, but a more realistic estimate is somewhere around 45,000.
For those planning to attend, the UFC has set up a virtual tour of how they’re configuring the Rogers Centre for UFC 129 if you’re wondering how it’s going to work.
Update: They broke the 50,000 mark. MMA Junkie is reporting that following the newsletter presale and today’s general public sale that roughly 52,000 tickets have been sold for UFC 129. Wow.