by Ivan Trembow (photo courtesy of K-1)
Ruslan Kariev (photo courtesy of K-1)
The K-1 USA event that was held in Las Vegas on August 13th drew a significantly lower live gate than the promotion’s April 30th event. K-1 sold 1,034 tickets and gave away 2,243 free “comp” tickets to an August 13th show that was not broadcast on pay-per-view, which adds up to a total attendance of 3,277. The total live gate was $107,900.
Previously, the K-1 USA event that was held on April 30th, 2005 had 3,119 paid tickets and 1,760 comp tickets, for a total attendance of 4,879 and a total live gate of $256,250.
In total, approximately 64 percent of the fans in attendance at the April 30th event actually paid for their tickets, but only 32 percent of the fans in attendance at the August 13th event had to pay for their tickets. The average price of each sold ticket was $104 for the August 13th event, which was up significantly from the average price of $82 for a ticket to the April 30th event.
For the purposes of comparison, UFC 54 in Las Vegas had 11,634 paid tickets and 1,171 comp tickets, for a total attendance of 12,805. The total live gate for UFC 54 was $2,336,550, with the average ticket selling for $201.
On the other hand, the UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night event (which took place in Las Vegas on August 6th) had 929 paid tickets and 1,541 comp tickets, for a total attendance of 2,470. The total live gate for Ultimate Fight Night was $130,410, with the average ticket selling for $140.