The UFC announced Saturday that all tickets for its April 30 event at Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome) in Toronto have been sold. Rogers Centre was originally configured to accommodate 42,000 spectators, but the unprecedented demand for tickets led the company to reconfigure the seating chart to accomidate over 55,000 fans.
“UFC continues to set new milestones,” UFC president Dana White said. “We’ve sold 55,000 tickets in our first stadium event in Toronto and we continue to take the UFC to the next level.” UFC 129 will be the first mixed martial arts event held in Ontario and is expected to more than double the promotion’s record for largest crowd to witness a live event.
UFC 129 will be headlined by two blockbuster title fights, both featuring Canadians. George St. Pierre looks to defend his welterweight belt against Jake Shields, and fellow Canadian Mark Hominick faces current featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Until UFC 129, the largest crowd the company ever drew event was back in December 2010, when UFC 124 (GSP vs. Koscheck) drw 23,000 at Bell Centre in Montreal.
UFC 129 is also expected to shatter the promotion’s mark for live gate revenue. The current record for a live gate is $5.4 million, set on Dec. 30, 2006, for UFC 66 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas