It really sucks to be a cheapo when it comes to big mega-events like UFC 129. If you aren’t willing to spend the 90 bucks on Fight Club membership, you’re probably going to have to deal with scalpers because the event is already sold out:
“To say the response was overwhelming would be an understatement,” said Tom Wright, the UFC’s director of Canadian operations.
“In less than an hour we were pretty well down to some singles (tickets).”
It took the UFC even less time — 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.
On Friday, another pre-sale is set for those who subscribe to the UFC newsletter.
Wright would not detail the possible total number of seats on sale but said 50,000 would be “pushing it.”
Sportsnet is saying the UFC will probably end up releasing another 3000-ish tickets so that there’s actually something for the general public to purchase on Saturday, but who knows how hard it’ll be to actually get your hands on some of those. At this point, you might as well accept that you’ll be padding a Fight Club member’s wallet for your seat.
Some of those who managed to buy tickets Thursday were quick to put them up for resale. One seller offered eight side-by-side seats in Section 115 — face value of $150 each — for $4,500 or $562.50 each.
Another on Craigslist offered two $50 tickets for $175 each “or highest bidder.
Don’t worry too much … if you’re willing to fly by the seat of your pants and miss a prelim fight or two, I bet you there’ll be scalpers outside the Skydome selling nosebleeds for like 80 or 90 bucks. Bastards, but whatcha gonna do? I’d be more upset, but the UFC blasting through 42,000 tickets in a morning is just too positive of a thing for me to stay cranky.