Ticket prices for Saturday’s UFC 115 event in Vancouver appear to be dropping quickly, following speculation that scalpers had scooped up most pre-sale tickets and oversaturated the resale market.
Tickets for the mixed martial arts event at GM Place sold out in 30 minutes on April 13 — two days before the sale was opened to the general public. Members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Club, who pay $75 a year for a number of inside-access privileges, had scooped up all of the nearly 19,000 tickets, which ranged in price from $75 to $601.
Within minutes, tickets began appearing on sites such as Craigslist, StubHub and eBay, marked up several times over. On April 14, the cheapest seats at online ticket marketplace StubHub were listed for $265 US each. On Tuesday, however, the cheapest tickets on the same site had dropped to $69. Floor seats were available for $475.
Craigslist had about 1,000 postings from people looking to buy or sell UFC 115 tickets, with many going for between $200 and $300 and several for less than $100. Online marketplace eBay, StubHub’s parent company, had “buy-it-now” prices starting at $99.80.
Hopefully Fight Club members who snapped these up hoping to turn them over for several times their face value will learn their lesson and future Canadian UFC events will have some tickets left for the people who actually live in the fucking area.