The Etihad Arena is now ready and primed to host a crazy seven days of UFC action.
talkSPORT stopped by to see the arena earlier this week so Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar – the first main event of three Fight Island will host in the next seven days – could have their face off in front of the brand new arena.
This is the first ever event being held at the brand spanking new Etihad Arena
The Etihad Arena, which is operated by Flash Entertainment, can host events with a capacity from 200 people to 18,000.
There’s expected to be around 2,000 in the arena for the upcoming UFC events.
The arena is part of Yas Bay, a $1.1billion development that will also be home to The Waterfront with two hotels – one of which is a Hilton that will open next week – a beach club, a boardwalk pier, a SeaWorld as well as cafes and retail units.
Within the area for the UFC events, there will be special, luxury seating around the octagon for high-paying customers.
It’s understood these tickets go for around $1,400, but some are allocated to esteemed local guests, too.
These are the luxury octagon-side seats reserved for special guests
The arena has really taken shape in just 24 hours, having before looked a building site!
All eyes will be on the octagon coming the Fight Island events
Max Holloway vs Calvin Kattar is the first Fight Island event
Elsewhere in the building, the arena has 17 luxury suites available for high-rolling VIPs.
Watch the video above to see the suites, which include a personal bar, two big screen TVs, an amazing view of the floor, seats in the arena if you choose and expensive seating and dining areas.
While the exact price of these suites was not revealed, the arena did tell talkSPORT that every experience with them is customised and the cost varies as a result.
Still, the suites looking amazing, and they are like little personal penthouses!
For instance, you can book everything through Yas Bay: from the event you want to see, to the hotel you stay at, and perhaps add on a trip to SeaWorld or play a round of golf while you’re at it – it’s all done under one umbrella.
Furthermore, inside the arena, you don’t even have to go to a bar to get a beer!
An app is used so customers can order all their food and drink from there instantly.
Check out some more pictures of the suites, below…
Every part of the arena is dominated by COVID-19 safety concerns with staff on hand to assist customers.
There are plenty of people reminding you to wear a facemask and sanitise your hands, while there are hand-washing stations at quite literally every juncture.
It’s clear safety is paramount at the Etihad Arena.
To even just get into the arena, all spectators will undergo a check of their valid 48-hour PCR test, undergo thermal scanning and have their ticket checked. Spectators will have to present the AlHosn App or a medical centre report for the valid 48-Hour PCR test.
If you haven’t been given the all clear, you won’t be getting in. The checks at the door are thorough, but mostly additional.
Should any spectator sadly show signs of high fever or does not have a valid 48-hour PCR COVID-19 test, they will be denied entry with no refunds to their ticket.
Once inside, the staff implore you enjoy their hi-tech facilities – and it’s best to do so via their app and let the arena employees do all the work for you.
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