Dana White ‘Optimistic’ About Holding Full Capacity UFC Events In Summer
UFC President Dana White thinks he could be able to return shows at full capacity again beginning this summer.
The last time the UFC ran an event at full capacity, it was back on March 7, 2020. The UFC had run shows in empty arenas all the way until their recent Abu Dhabi tour. Even those events in Abu Dhabi had fans in attendance at a reduced capacity, something White has been strongly against.
White is aware of the news that the NHL’s Las Vegas Knights are looking to get fans inside the T-Mobile Arena by early March. The UFC boss had the following to say to reporters during the UFC 258 post-fight press conference (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“I got plans, too!”
White went on to say that once again, he is against holding events at a reduced capacity barring a special occasion such as trips to Abu Dhabi.
“I’m not doing a percentage – I want to sell out. It’s too nice over here (at the UFC Apex). I like it here. … I said on ESPN the other day that I was optimistic that by this summer we could be doing it, either in Florida or here.”
The UFC has been mostly holding events inside their APEX facility in Las Vegas and in Abu Dhabi. At the beginning of the pandemic, the promotion was holding cards in Florida.