UFC Dublin 2020
European events are the best selling events on the calendar and regularly sell out with incredible speed so this page is a detailed guide to improve your chances of acquiring tickets for UFC Dublin 2020. This will take place on Saturday August 15th with tickets going on sale on June 26th.
Conor McGregor will DEFINITELY NOT be on this card. It's a confirmed Fight Night, it's a tiny arena holding just 9,500 for the last 3 events and is at Euro times. McGregor has grown too big for this arena but he is likely to make an appearance if his team mates are fighting & if he hasn't been locked up!!
This page will regularly be updated as more information becomes available. Please also follow me on Twitter or search for #UFCDublinGuide where I will post all new info, creditable rumours, confirmed fights, events around the event etc.
Should You Go?
Dan Hardy and Ariel Helwani have both stated multiple times that Dublin 2014 was the P4P greatest atmosphere they've ever experienced. I was there that night too and it really was. Even without McGregor, the Irish fans are something special and all fans should experience a Dublin event. Dublin is definitely not a cheap city so try to sort out your travel & hotel early if you intend on going.
If you're travelling alone, don't worry. MMA is still a niche sport in Europe and there are lots of other fans attending alone, especially amongst the Fight Club fans at the front of the floor sections. Plus everyone is generally happy to talk about the card.
The All Ireland Final (Hurling) is on Sunday 16th August which will create a great atmosphere but vastly increases hotel prices too. Also in Dublin that weekend is a large BBQ Festival.
Travel & Hotel
Price is often demand driven so once an event is announced, prices can rise sharply.
Book a refundable Hotel room so there's no risk if you change your mind. On sites like Booking.com rooms with free cancellation can sometimes cost more that ones without so once you get your travel & event tickets sorted and are 100% sure of going, book the cheaper non-refundable room before cancelling the dearer, refundable one. The arena is very central, being a 20 minute walk from O'Connell St, one of the most famous streets in Dublin. It's also on the Luas (tram) line with the station being called The Point, the most Easterly station on the red line. For that reason, any City Center hotel will be suitable. Hotels outside the center are doable but try to get somewhere with good transport links.
If you don't live local, look at travel prices and see what is available. They will only rise in price as you get closer to the event. Flights with low cost airlines may be so cheap that you could deem it worth taking the risk to book now. I recommend SkyScanner for checking flight prices. If prices are too high, you could also consider flying into Belfast but that will include a 2 hour, 20 minute train/bus ride from Belfast to Dublin.
Here are some sample prices for flights from Friday 14th August, returning Sunday 16th March. These are for the cheapest return flights when the card was first announced:
For British fans intending on going, to make the most of your money, get a Revolut card by downloading their app on your phone. You won't travel without it again as the exchange rates are top rate with no bank non-sterling fees (usually around 3%). The card is contactless so can also be used to pay for anything under €30 just by swiping a reader. The card is free if you use the link above.
If you're already a Revolut customer and recommend it (or don't) tweet me with #UFCDublinGuide so others can see.
VIP tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 24th June. Prices for UFC London ranged from £449 to £1499 and you can have a look at what kind of benefits come with each package below, however most people go for the free bar and photo opportunities with many fighters backstage, along with a good seat. Click the options below for more info on what each costs & includes
This sale will start on Wednesday June 24th 2020.
If you have already joined, check your subscription expiry date. Fight Club have occasionally been known to keep your code active past the expiry date in error so log-in and check if you've got a code a few days before the sale starts. Your presale code remains the same all year so will be the same as the one for UFC London, if you used it.
Joining costs $95 including postage (£73, €86) for 1 Year and gives you a much better chance of getting tickets. You can only pay in US Dollars so another reason to sign up to Revolut. You can join Fight Club anytime before they go on sale or you can buy tickets and a membership at the same time once the sale goes live. Joining the day before means you will have your code if you want to make more than 1 purchase (i.e 2 sets of 2 tickets.) Buying tickets & membership at the same time means there's no money lost if you end up not getting any tickets. However you will not get the code quick enough to have an immediate 2nd go at buying tickets. Access to your FightClub account will take up to several weeks when buying this way.
UFC London had a ticket limit of 6 but it may be set lower here as the venue is almost half the size. There will be a minimum of 4 so you can split the cost between your group. Get as many of your group to log on and attempt to get tickets but don't go over the limit or tickets will be cancelled. Never share your code with people you don't trust. It is the same code for the whole year and anyone you share it with has the potential to use it until it expires. If you're intending to go to the rumoured Glasgow & Paris events then it really is a must.
Not all tickets go on sale and sometimes whole sections are unavailable and saved for the later sales. Often, there are very few of the cheapest tickets available so talk to all those going and agree on a max price, including Booking & Fight Club fees.
For the Fight Club sale, a map and ticket prices inclusive of booking fees are often not available until the sale is live. Tickets are sold on Ticketmaster. Register in advance for a Ticketmaster.ie account. Prices for UFC London 2020 are below. If you convert to Euros & add on at least 10% more, you should get the approximate prices. This is based off BT Sport Box Office Prices where Irish buyers are charged 20% more than UK buyers.
Confirmed London 2020 prices
UFC London 2020 prices with fees
This sale is should start on Wednesday June 24th 2020 and is open to those using the Irish 3 phone network & have signed up to 3Plus. UK customers do not have access.
Sims are free for anyone in Ireland from 3 here but require a €20 top up. If a friend is on the 3 network & isn't going, you can try to convince them to give you their unique code.
I've never used this presale myself so if you have any info, please let me know
UFC Newsletter/Social Presale
This sale will start on Thursday 25th June. These tickets are also very limited and require a code to gain access, usually #UFCDUBLIN, #UFCTICKET or #UFCSOCIAL. Keep an eye on UFCEurope and check #UFCDublinGuide for confirmation nearer the time. This sale has an 8 ticket limit.
This sale starts on Friday 26th June & is the free-for-all when all remaining tickets will go on sale. It has been known to sell out within minutes for previous UK events. It also has an 8 ticket limit.
Tips for all sales
Clear your cache and cookies a few hours before the start of the sale. For Chrome, for example, press CTRL+Shift+Del. Failure to do this may mean you will never be offered any tickets. I've seen this before on sales with much less demand where I am not getting anything, people are posting on social media that lots are available and when I clear the cache & cookies, I get an immediate offer. After you have done this you will need to log-in to any open pages again.
Copy any code you need such as Fight Club or Newsletter codes so that it is ready to paste in quickly. Also keep the seating plan in a separate tab so you can quickly check what seats you are being offered.
Log into Ticketmaster and save your payment details, especially if potentially buying more than 1 set of tickets. You can delete these details immediately afterwards.
Agree maximum ticket price amongst your group, including booking fees. The payment card may need to be taken to the venue along with the person named on the card in the event of your tickets going missing, getting damaged or you choose to collect at the venue. Always best to ask for money from friends up front!
Use as many devices as possible. Mobile devices often seem to get better results. Get as many of your group, friends & family to do the same. Open a group voice chat/call so you know when you have enough tickets. Multiple windows in the browser does not work but I have found that a normal Chrome window and a separate Incognito window in Chrome does allow you to search twice.
Be prepared for your group to sit separately as only pairs may be left quite quickly.
A detailed map where you can choose your exact seats is not usually available due to demand but may become available after the first hour or when the demand decreases, if seats are still available. If it tries to load the map at the start of a sale, I tend to click on 'Find Seats For Me' before it loads. Many times it tries to load the map, only to say it is unavailable due to demand. Sometimes it even lets you select seats before the error message appears and you need to start all over again.
Keep searching on Ticketmaster even if it says no tickets are available/error. It does this due to high demand as many thousands will be searching at once. Keep going for at least the first 30 minutes as tickets that fans reject will continue to come back on the market, as will those where the time expires. You are free to reject and search again if you get offered an unsuitable alternative.
Keep a window open for UFCEurope's tweets as they will let you know when it is genuinely sold out.
If you get offered tickets there will be a time limit but do not panic. As you select them and go through each screen, more time will be added. Take care to select the correct options such as Souvenir tickets, Insurance and most importantly, the correct Country/Area for delivery. Choosing the wrong Country may mean you lose the tickets by trying to go back a page or due to your billing address being incorrect.
Stick to the confirmed ticket limits and never go over. Limits for Dublin 2020 will be tweeted and updated here once known. You also have to stick to the maximum combined limit which is likely to be 8 tickets. This means you can't buy, for example, 6 Fight Club, 2 in Newsletter and 4 in General Sale. I have seen evidence of cancellations due to going over these limits. Payment card numbers, addresses, Fight Club codes & Ticketmaster accounts are the way they identify who is breaching these limits.
Where to sit
For all sections, the closer to the Octagon, the better. That said, there are a few tips to maximising value.
There really are no bad seats in this arena. That said, I would avoid the first 2 rows of sections A to G. We were row 3 for the 2014 event which was perfect but anyone walking around will block the view if any lower.
The U section is good for seeing walkouts as they will enter the cage on that side.
Missed out on tickets?
All is not lost. As well as the Resale sites with their extortionate mark up, tickets may be listed on Ticketmaster via their resale function. At present, for UFC London, we are seeing new tickets being listed every day. These are usually in the top 2 pricing tiers.
Keep an eye on UFC Europe tweets in the days before the event. They can condense the seating areas to get in an extra few rows on the floor as well as releasing any unsold VIP/Platinum seats. They often call these 'Production Hold' seats and have even been released on the day of the event.
During the final week especially, as people realise they can no longer attend, priorities change or the ticket touts worry their tickets won't sell, prices on Resale sites such as Stubhub & Viagogo should reduce in price. You can set an alert to be informed when tickets are posted within your budget.
Well done on getting this far! Keep checking back for the latest information. You can also check my page or #UFCDublinGuide.
Feel free to let me know if you think something is missing or if you have any questions. I'll do my best to answer them!!