The clamour for tickets for any major sporting event is always going to be pretty hectic, but next month’s historic bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may just be taking things to the next level.
Helping to contribute to the madness around the event is the fact that both fighters could be considered the most well-known names in their respective disciplines, boxing and MMA, they can both talk the talk as well as walk the walk and the venue for the fight itself, the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, has a capacity of just 20,000. Add all of these conditions together and you’ve got one of the most popular events in the history of combat sports, or sport in general.
Some are lucky enough to already have their tickets for the fight but for others looking to buy from online resellers, the price is beginning to sky-rocket.
According to a BBC Sport report on Thursday evening, StubHub, an online ticket marketplace, was advertising tickets for the event at $150,000 for the best seats in the house. At the time of writing the cheapest ticket available is now just under $1,900 while the website itself states that the average resale price at present is $3,265.
While the disparity between the highest and lowest price is staggering, the amount being sought for what are deemed the ‘cheap’ seats is also pretty astounding.
However, given the magnitude of this event and its uniqueness in terms of combat sports history, one can at least understand why such exorbitant amounts of cash are being traded to witness what is being billed by some as the Fight of the Century.
Should the bout still be labelled in this way come August 27, it will come down to both the outcome of the fight itself as well as the numbers surrounding the event, and if after sale ticket prices are anything to go by they will all be huge.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena