The Oakland Raiders will relocate to Las Vegas next year with a new specially built stadium and the UFC appear to have their eye on the venue as a potential landing spot for some of their biggest events.
The impressive-looking new Raiders stadium cost a whopping $1.8 billion to build and is expected to seat 65,000 football fans, and that could make it the perfect location for the UFC, who already have their HQ located in Las Vegas.
“The boxing and MMA events that have gone elsewhere … we’ve done events in Australia and Brazil and Canada that if we would have had a facility here in Las Vegas, we would have done [here],” Epstein told LVSportsBiz. “There have been events at [AT&T] Stadium [in Arlington, Texas] – big boxing events there. There’s no reason why those events wouldn’t have come to Las Vegas. I think combat sports is going to have a home in this facility.”
Epstein was keen to stress however that this would likely only be an option for the very highest profile UFC cards and won’t be a regular occurence.
“The stadium events are going to be special events. They’re going to be that event that warrants this huge crowd and the ability to sell tickets associated with 65,000-seat stadiums.
“We’re still going to be the vast majority of our events at the T-Mobile Arena. We love the facility. The management team is incredible. We do events around the world, and I think it’s the best arena in the world. So we love doing events there and of course, it’s in our home town. We’re going to continue to do the vast majority of our events at the T-Mobile. But for those big, special events, we’re going to look at the [new stadium] and see what we can do there.”