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UFC 87 Breaks Target Center Record


UFC 87 had the biggest live gate in Target Center history according to Steve Cofield:

The attendance at the Target Center was 15,082. The gate of $2.2 million set a new arena record surpassing a Billy Joel/Elton John show.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Myron P. Medcalf notes that a diverse crowd was on hand to help set the record:

As surprising as [Roger] Huerta's performance in front of his hometown crowd was, the variety of fans that came out to watch was just as shocking.

Fiftysomethings sporting "Death Clutch" T-shirts, women cheering louder than their tough-guy boyfriends and the loyal flock of adrenaline-driven young males that have helped the UFC become a $1 billion company were all there.

One fan even sat with an IV hooked up to his veins, while he watched the fights in the front row.