It’s supposed to be the hottest ticket in sports.
So far, though, fans aren’t exactly storming the box office to buy tickets for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s fight next month with Conor McGregor.
A check online Saturday revealed hundreds — even thousands — of seats still available from Ticketmaster at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena for the Aug. 26 fight. There are so many open seats that fans with enough room left on their credit cards can buy six tickets together in 162 different spots throughout the arena
That might be because of the astronomical prices set by promoters — the cheapest original tickets on Ticketmaster have a face value of $3,500. Or maybe fans are just waiting for the right time to buy, hoping the price will go down.
Either way, promoter Leonard Ellerbe isn’t terribly concerned. He said the fight will not only sell out but also break records for the richest gate.
“We’re very excited and very happy with ticket sales so far,” Ellerbe told The Associated Press. “We’re well on our way to smashing our own record, which transcended the sport.”
That record was a $72,198,500 gate set by Mayweather in his 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao. That live gate was more than three times bigger than any previous boxing gate.
Still, five days after tickets first went on sale, seats throughout the arena are widely available. They are not, however, for anyone a little light in the wallet.
Prices start at $3,500 — plus another $300 or so for buyer fees — and climb to $10,000 near the ring. There are “platinum” seats that go for as much as $14,995.
The resale market is nearly as pricey. At Seatgeek.com, the get-in price is around $2,000 — for one of the few seats that originally sold at $500 — and the median listing price is about $7,000.