Given the popularity of the sport in the region, it was established from the start that the UFC’s first visit to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada was going to be a record-breaking event for the promotion, but what we didn’t know was just how high they were aiming.
Today that finally became clear as the UFC announced that 42,000 tickets would be available for the April 30th show, with prices ranging from $50 to $800.
The UFC’s current attendance record is 23,152 which was set just a few months ago in December at UFC 124 which also took place in Canada – The Bells Centre in Montreal to be exact. Clearly the hope is that UFC 129 will smash that record by a huge margin.
“We are really excited to bring a UFC event to Rogers Centre and want to create the ultimate experience for fans,” said Tom Wright, the UFC’s Director of Canadian Operations as the news was announced.
“We are working on specialized fan zones and other unique features that will make this a can’t-miss event. With this card and the level of energy we expect inside Rogers Centre on April 30, UFC 129 is going to be off the charts.”
The blockbuster event is expected to feature a headline bout between Canadian superstar Georges St.Pierre as he puts his welterweight belt on the line against Jake Shields. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo is also expected to defend his title in the co-main event, while hall-of-famer Randy Couture will compete in what could be his farewell bout against former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
Tickets for the event go on sale from February 12th, or February 10th for Fight Club members.