UFC gives the green light for the fans to enter the arena once again. The upcoming marquee event UFC 257 will witness the gathering of ticket holders for the first time since March 2020. So, the resounding query is, how many of them will set foot in to watch the much-anticipated Conor McGregor Vs. Dustin Poirier rematch?
With the global pandemic causing havoc, the sports industry also took a major hit in 2020. From the days of guaranteed weekly action to the situation where live events became a distant hope, it was an unprecedented stretch that the sports enthusiasts endured in the year gone by. However, as the situation started to alleviate a little the renowned sporting units found the window to bring back, what is for so many the primary reason for joy and happiness.
The live events are now prevalent around the world. However, when it comes to entry of the general public, there are still restrictions and doors are not yet completely open for the spectators. However, with the coping process still on and the varying intensification of the virus, a provision that allows entry of limited fans at a sporting event is in place.
In the United States tournaments such as NFL and MLB are already practicing this major modification. And in line with the same, recently the major MMA attraction around the world, UFC has confirmed that the forthcoming Pay-Per-View–UFC 257— will mark the entry of fans for the first time since March 2020.
How Many Spectators Will Be Allowed To Enter To Watch The Marquee Event Live?
Though UFC 257 will take place in Abu Dhabi, where the situation is less adverse as compared to the US. Yet, in a total of three stints at the site, this will be the first time that UFC will witness fans gathering inside the arena. And as the sport’s most recognized personality, Conor McGregor is set to mark his return with the show, the occasion to let spectators enter could not be any better.
So, in the wake of that how many lucky enthusiasts will experience the event live? According to Aaron Bronsteter of TSN sports, a total of 2000 seats were offered and got sold instantly. The ticket prices for Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier ranged from $215 to $1350 USD.
Per the UFC:
“The capacity for the UFC event per fight will be around 2000 spectators, as the safety and well-being of guests and staff is the top priority.” https://t.co/1KoTLJsENl
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) January 8, 2021
In the previous outings at Fight Island, all the fight proceedings happened at a restricted bio-bubble. Therefore, this time as well it is expected that the authorities will form a conducive fight environment with due diligence on health pre-requisites.
UFC 257: Full Fight Card (Subject to change)
- Lightweight Fight (Co-main event): Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker
- Flyweight Fight: Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Eye
- Women Strawweight Fight: Amanda Ribas vs. Marina Rodriguez
- Lightweight Fight: Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola
- Middleweight Fight: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares
- Lightweight Fight: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan
- Light-Heavyweight Fight: Marcin Prachnio vs. Khalil Rountree
- Bantamweight Fight: Sergey Morozov vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
- Featherweight Fight: Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu
- Women Bantamweight Fight: Sara McMann vs. Julianna Pena
- Middleweight Fight: Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez
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