UFC 129 ticket sales went better than expected for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, shattering North American attendance records. The upcoming April 30 pay-per-view also set records for the Rogers Centre.
“We’re doing our first ever stadium, the Rogers Centre, up in Toronto, Canada — The fastest, biggest sellout and North American record, and the biggest record ever in the history of the Rogers Center as far as a gate goes,” said UFC president Dana White. “We sold 55,000 tickets with an $11 million gate.”
The UFC and the city of Toronto expect a big economic impact from UFC 129.
“We figured out, and this is being very, very conservative, it will be a $40 million impact on the city of Toronto that weekend because the UFC is coming. Not to mention the fact that the ticket tax alone will be 1.5 million dollars.”
UFC 129 takes place on April 30 at the Rogers Center in Toronto and features two title fights. Georges St. Pierre will defend his welterweight title against Jake Shields in the main event while featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo faces Mark Hominick in the co-main event.
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