This Saturday, the UFC will not only enter Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the first time, they will also host an event in a large scale stadium that has a capacity of 55,000-plus fans.
The Rogers Centre, formerly known as The Skydome, is used primarily for the Toronto Blue Jays and has a retractable roof that can be closed within an hour.
How the UFC sets the seating up remains to be seen, but you can bet there will be plenty of large screen high definition monitors to add to the fans' overall experience. UFC President Dana White has always been concerned that these type of facilities will take away from the fights themselves and make it difficult on the fans to catch all the action.
With today's technology and the ability to arrange the seating in a way where there are no bad seats, UFC 129 will serve as a litmus test for future large scale arena shows. Should this event prove to be successful, and so far with a gate of $11 million it has, where will the UFC go next when it comes to these types of stadiums?
For the time being, I have decided to keep this dedicated to the stadiums in North America; we can always go back and do another story detailing arenas all around the world.