The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced that this past Saturday’s UFC 92 event fell just short of reaching sell-out status. The star-studded card was able to draw in 14,166 spectators out of a possible 14,823 seats. Oddly, nearly a third of the fans in attendance were issued complimentary tickets.
Of the 14,166 fans that packed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, only 9,701 were paid attendees, while 4,465 fans watched the fights for free.
Despite the higher-than-usual amount of complimentary attendees, UFC 92 still garnered a live gate total of $3,468,440. It was the fifth-highest gate total among the 12 UFC events that have been held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
This is a fairly remarkable feat considering the current economic conditions, as well as the event being held just two days after Christmas.
Furthermore, it is safe to say that the more expensive seats (floor and 100-level sections) were the ones that were issued as complimentary seats. This left a lot of money on the table for the UFC, as many of those tickets cost upwards of $800/per seat.