The UFC has always had big ambitions for its debut in Toronto, Ontario. The province, despite having never hosted a UFC event is one of the biggest pay per view markets for the promotion and the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. We reported earlier on the initial sell out of 42,000 tickets to UFC 129 featuring Georges St. Pierre vs Jake Shields at Toronto's Rogers Centre. Now the Vancouver Sun reports they've upped the ante:
Ultimate Fighting Championship has written a new chapter in the record book, selling 55,000 tickets for UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in the company's long-awaited Toronto debut.
While final gate numbers haven't been tallied for the April 30 card, the sold-out event generated between $10 million-$11 million dollars at the live gate. Originally configured to seat 42,000, those seats were gone within the first hour of Thursday's pre-sale for UFC Fight Club fans. Opening up more sections for Friday and Saturday sales to newsletter subscribers and the general public, an extra 13,000 seats were made available, allowing more fans to get their hands on the hottest ticket in town.