Dana White isn’t sounding as confident about a Croke Park show as he once did….
At one time hardcore MMA fans would routinely make fun of Dana White for constantly talking about and teasing a big UFC card at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. He talked and talked, but never delivered.
In the eyes of many, it was merely a fantasy, which in reality posed too many problems and too great a risk.
In recent times, however, the 80,000 seater Stadium in Arlington, Texas has been replaced by another stadium of a very similar size – Croke Park. Due to the ascension of Conor McGregor, it is now the iconic home of the GAA that is frequently being teased as a venue for a mega-show.
But while the point of focus may have changed, the fact that Stadium shows are complicated to organize has not.
Some will take solace from the example of this weekend’s UFC 193 show, which takes place in Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, but speaking to Submission Radio on Friday night, White pointed out that there are many differences between staging a show at the Australian venue and doing so at Croke Park.
According to the UFC president, Irish weather and the residents in the vicinity of the stadium present the main challenges to the company staging an event at the hallowed Dublin venue.
“The difficult thing about doing Croke Park is it’s open to the outdoors, and Ireland isn’t the best weather in the world. Here[Melbourne] we can close the roof. So Croke Park, more than that too, it has a lot of challenges. The neighbourhood – apparently Garth Brooks sold out 7 nights there and the neigbourhood was trying to make him shut down at a certain time, so he yanked all 7 nights and never even went there”.
Fortunately for Irish fans, the president’s last words on the topic sounded a little more positive.
“So we have a lot of challenges for Croke Park, but we want to make it happen if Conor wins[against Jose Aldo at UFC 194]”.