Ticket Sales Fail To Perform
Ticket sales to the fight of the year, McGregor/Mayweather August 26, aren’t exactly flying out the box office window – most probably due to prices that aren’t exactly knock-out stuff. A single ticket will set you back a cool $3,500.00 at this stage of the game. Either way, after all of the derogatory social slur, homophobic hype and outright racism, one would not expect to be able to still buy tickets for a party of six in 162 different spots in the arena.
It may be as a result of the fact that the majority of fans expected to attend the event are in fact UFC fans – generally much younger than traditional boxing fans – and their pockets may not be as deep as their older counterparts.
Promoter Leonard Ellerbe does not seem too concerned – although this may be a ruse in itself – saying that ticket sales were going exactly as expected. Even Ellerbe has to concede that a wide availability of seats five days into the opening of ticket sales to an event such as this, is a tad concerning.
When asked about the situation via email, Ticketmaster replied by saying that it would not be commenting at this time.
Pay Per View Less Likely To Break The Bank
It must be taken into account that fans attending the event would not only be out of pocket for the actual tickets, but also for things such as accommodation and travel in Las Vegas – none of these coming particularly cheap. It would make perfect financial sense then, to follow the action by means of Pay Per View instead.
Ticketing expert Joris Drayer agrees that it may very well be the high prices that are hindering fans from storming the box office in drones. He was quoted as saying that the promoters had most probably over-reached as far as ticket prices were concerned and that it was a difficult task to price tickets for an event such as this.
To add insult to injury, IRS-evading Mayweather wants to see fans in the United Kingdom fork out £100 for the luxury of following the fight on pay-per-view. Sky is well in the lead as far as landing the broadcast rights for the event is concerned – but it is highly unlikely that the broadcasting giant will be charging more than the standard pay-per-view price.
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