So it’s official: the UFC is going ahead with plans to build an outdoor arena for UFC 112, and it’s going to be done in/near/around Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park.
Fertitta said: “The facility that is going to be constructed at Ferrari World on Yas Island going to be built just for this event. It is going to be incredible. Out partners Flash are constructing the whole thing like they have done for all the concerts and other events they have put on. Flash already have a reputation in the region for putting on the best events in the Middle East, and the plans they showed me for the facility were fantastic.”
“This is the first arena we’ve ever gone to which has been designed specifically to host a UFC event. There won’t be a bad sightline from any seat. It will be something to see and a great occasion to be part of. We’ve never gone outside before but we are excited to do this. I was born and raised in Las Vegas. When I was very young I was lucky enough to be able to go to some of the best boxing cards in the historic open air arena in the parking lot at Caesars Palace.”
You can check out what Ferrari World is all about here, and I’m still interested in finding out if the plans are to have the event inside the F-World or somewhere around it. Regardless, you have to figure that they’re not going to build something rinky dink next to this red monstrosity of a complex. Half of everything in Abu Dhabi is designed to show off the UAE’s big dick (the UAE holds 8 of the 10 spots on this ‘Tackiest Architecture in the World’ list) and I’m sure the structure for the first UFC event there will be no different.