UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday is shaping up to be the hottest event of any kind on the resale market in New York State this year outside of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” according to SeatGeek, which monitors a number of secondary market sites.
Chris Leyden, a content analyst for SeatGeek, said the Garden card is the most in-demand UFC event the site has seen since it started tracking the secondary market in 2010. He added UFC 205 would be the costliest sports event in the state since the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014.
A key factor is that fans in the Northeast have an opportunity to attend with a far shorter trip than for UFC events in Las Vegas. Leyden said about 77 percent of those looking for tickets have been from the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic compared to around 20 percent for a typical Las Vegas show.
Massachusetts has shown the third-most interest after New York and New Jersey.
As of mid-day Wednesday, the lowest resale listing was under $800, down from the mid-900s a month ago. The median listed price has dropped 27 percent in the past month, but tickets on the floor a few rows from the action still are going for nearly $3,000.