Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have a new place to call home in 2016, upon the completion of the $375 million Las Vegas Arena, which broke ground on Thursday (May 1, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 20,000-seat indoor sports and entertainment complex was privately funded by MGM Resorts and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).
UFC President Dana White was on hand -- alongside Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- to help shovel the first scoops of dirt.
The Las Vegas Arena is being constructed to help give "Sin City" a large-scale venue that can match the technology of today, along with all the amenities that are lacking in the older arenas around the strip, which could prove to be a strong selling point when soliciting pro sports teams to take up residence in Las Vegas.
Not that it needs one, since MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren told Las Vegas Sun that it expects to open with 100-150 events already in the can. That includes mixed martial arts (MMA), as White also hinted at additional UFC events -- as many as six -- in 2016, thanks to the new location.
Is it too early to stand in line for tickets?