I recently took in my first live WWE event. I was surprised by the entertainment, and athleticism they provided. More importantly was the fact that I could see what was happening in the ring. Last summer I was lucky enough to be in the stands for UFC 161.
Both events took place inside the MTS centre, here in Winnipeg, MB. For the UFC, I had tickets in section 126.
The cage was roughly where this map states floor. In the middle, using the score clock to hang lights. These tickets went for over $250 a piece. This was the view.
Not bad, but I found myself having to watch one of the screens more than the actual cage. This next picture is from a local event. A VIP table view of a round cage.
Way better, but still missed some of the action due to the padding.
Enter the WWE, and my first ring experience. For this event I sat in section 330. Much further away than I sat for either cage event, yet I didn't miss a second of the action. Here is the view. Note that the ring is in the same place in the MTS centre. (Under the score clock).
I've always been a huge fan of the cage. It gives the fights a gritty Feel that I love. But as you can clearly see from the pictures a ring provides a clear view, something a cage can't provide. The octagon looks amazing on tv, where there are no obstacles to try and look around. I wonder if Dana White or any other UFC brass have ever seen their product from any other seat other than cage side.
The octagon has not changed in twenty years, other than slapping different ads on the canvas. I would love to see the UFC improve the octagon. When it was designed, there were at maximum 3000 people in attendance. Now they're selling out arenas, and stadiums. The octagon was not made to be viewed from a far. They could look at going hybrid, which looks pretty bad ass. I'm sure with todays tools, and technology they could find something that offers more bang for your buck.