Ticket Sales are Brisk for UFC event
(Boston Globe) When UFC 118 comes to TD Garden Aug. 28, president Dana White said, the event will be sold out. White, the mixed martial arts mogul who spent his formative years in South Boston, is bringing an exciting card to his former home, with four of the top lightweights in the world battling it out in the octagon.
Dover native Kenny Florian will take on Gray Maynard, and in one of the two main events, former lightweight champion B.J. Penn will try to wrest back the belt from current champ Frankie Edgar. The other main event pits a pair of heavyweights, Randy Couture and James Toney.
Although ticket sales have been brisk, White said, there are still seats available — capacity for the event is about 15,500 — for the first UFC event in Boston’s history.
“Ticket sales have been awesome,’’ said White. “I haven’t been back to Boston for a while and I know the economy is not doing well anywhere but I heard Boston is really feeling the crunch so I’m blown away by our ticket sales. But I thought we were going to be a quick sellout there.’’
For UFC events, quick sellouts have been the norm.
“When we go on sale, we break records in how fast we sell out and stuff like that,’’ said White. “We haven’t sold out in Boston but ticket sales are strong. I’m a little bit of an overachiever, even in a bad economy.
“I like breaking records. We’re more than encouraged, and the Garden is ecstatic with the sales.’’
According to Ticketmaster, the price range for available seats is $75-$600. However, on the resale website StubHub.com, ticket prices are even higher: from $120 per seat to $6,311. The highest price is down from a couple of weeks ago when the site listed prices topping out at $20,000 per seat, which shocked the usually unshockable White.
“Where the hell is he sitting?’’ said White. “On the cage?’’
Posted on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 in Updates.
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