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Volume 24 No. 117

Events and Attractions

UFC “enjoyed a record day at the box office Thursday, selling more than 42,000 tickets -- its entire original ticket block -- for UFC 129 on April 30 at the Rogers Centre,” according to Neil Davidson of the CP. The tickets sold “in the first day of a pre-sale, with some paying a premium” of almost C$90 to “join the fan club that had first crack at the tickets for the UFC’s first show in Ontario.” The previous UFC attendance record was UFC 124 in Montreal, which drew 23,152 to the Bell Centre in December. It took the UFC “just seven or eight minutes after tickets went on sale to members of the UFC Fight Club at 10 a.m. ET -- to decide it needed to make several thousand more tickets available so there would be some left when the general public gets a chance to buy them Saturday.” Another pre-sale is set for Friday for “those who subscribe to the UFC newsletter.” UFC Dir of Canadian Operations Tom Wright “would not detail the possible total number of seats on sale.” But he said 50,000 would be “pushing it.” Wright said that the “ticket rush interest showed fans the UFC had made the ‘right decision’ to come to the Rogers Centre” (CP, 2/10).