Today the UFC held a press conference in Toronto, Canada to help promote their first visit to Ontario for UFC 129: GSP Vs Shields on April 30th.
The major talk leading up to this event so far has been about the UFC’s plans to smash their current 23,125 attendance record at the show by targeting 42,000 fans for the Rogers Center.
UFC president Dana White sought to assure fans today that despite the huge crowd they are aiming for, their top priority is to still retain the unique ‘live experience’ the UFC is known for at the show.
“We’re going to do things in this arena that we’ve never done in any arena, ever before,” White stated. “People worrying the experience isn’t going to be the same – it’s not. It’s going to be better. We’re taking it to a whole other level, and I’m really excited about it.”
So what exactly are they planning? UFC Director Of Operations in Canada, Tom Wright, gave some indication of how they are looking to keep fans feeling as if they are part of the action, regardless of where they are sitting.
“We’re going to have a total of eight different screens for the fans of the 500(-level) section to not only be able to watch the event live and looking down at the octagon, but they’re going to have these huge screens that they can watch it from, as well,” Wright says.
White admits that in the past he’s been hesitant to put on a ‘stadium show,’ but with the plans they’ve drawn up he’s now become a believer that this could be something special for the UFC’s Canadian fans.
“I never want the fans to not only turn off their television and say, ‘That sucked,’ I don’t want the fans to walk away who bought tickets to have a bad experience either. I’m actually pumped for the experience we’re planning for you guys here in Toronto.”
Wright, the former commissioner of the Canadian Football League, agrees.
“It’s going to be a fabulous experience,” he says confidently.