Not-so-hot ticket

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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.

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