The UFC had been promising for some time that their first visit to Ontario following the sport’s legalization late last year was going to be big, but nobody realized just how big until the tickets went on sale earlier this week.
The original plan had called for 42,000 tickets, a figure which is far in excess of anything they have achieved in the past, with their previous attendance record being 23,152.
However all 42,000 tickets were snapped up in the opening day, which was available only to ‘Fight Club’ members, forcing the UFC to make additional tickets available the next day to keep up with demand from fans.
Two days later and the UFC have now announced that the event is officially sold out, with a final total of 55,000 tickets sold.
That is exceptional business by anyone’s standards, and means that not only will the promotion be breaking their own gate and attendance records, but also those for any MMA event in North American history.
According to officials the event is set to do over $11 million, which will crush the UFC’s previous record of $5.4million and will also make it the first MMA event to produce an eight figure gate.