When UFC President Dana White announced the company's first-ever stadium show would take place at the former Skydome (now known as the Rogers Centre) in Toronto, it was a no-brainer the headliner would be Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre. For GSP to draw this size of a gate against former Strikeforce standout Jake Shields, it speaks volumes not only for GSP, but also for the drawing power of the world's most pre-eminent MMA brand, Ultimate Fighting Championships.
As we reported earlier in the week, the event was sold out through the UFC's pre-sale offering almost instantly. It was a staggering display of fandom. Over 42,000 tickets sold within seven minutes of the pre-sale going live!
UFC then made an additional 13,000 tickets available, bringing the total to 55,000, and those tickets were snatched up immediately as well. The old record for attendance was set just a few months ago, when 23,152 packed the Bell Centre to witness GSP's destruction of Josh Koshcheck!
With the luxury boxes not included in the gate figures yet, this event is already past the $10,000,000 mark.
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