UFC 294 vs NBA Preseason: Which Tickets in Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena Cost Much Higher?

Published 10/04/2023, 3:22 PM EDT

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The month of October is going to be a treat for the sports fans. With the NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023 slated for October 5th and 7th, and UFC 294 getting underway on October 21st, the Halloween month promises to be an action-packed one. Both events will take place in the Middle East’s largest indoor arena that has witnessed several iconic shows – the Etihad Arena.

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The state-of-the-art arena in Abu Dhabi can accommodate up to 18,000 people. With the two most-watched games being held in the same venue, let’s take a look at which game tickets are more expensive.

UFC 294 vs. NBA Preseason Ticket Prices

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The NBA’s second stint in the UAE will feature the Dallas Mavericks locking horns with the Minnesota Timberwolves in two preseason games. The two star-studded teams will face each other on October 5th and 7th at 20:00 hrs GST at the Etihad Arena, located on the beautiful Yas Bay waterfront.

Last year’s event saw a showdown between the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks. It attracted various NBA legends, including the likes of Vince Carter and Shaquille O’Neal.

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Considering last year’s success, this highly anticipated showdown is going to be a sight to behold. The tickets are now available online and are priced according to different categories. The Category One tickets are worth $4,218 while the Category Nine tickets are $66. Unfortunately, the category 2, 7, 8, and 9 tickets have been sold out on the Etihad Arena website. However, the rest of the categories are up for grabs for the interested fans. Meanwhile, interested fans can also watch the live event on beIN SPORTS, The Sports Channel, and NBA League Pass.

On the other hand, the main event of UFC 294 will take place on Oct. 21 also at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena. The thrilling matchup will feature Islam Makhachev going head-to-head with Charles Oliveira to defend his title. The tickets cost slightly higher compared to the NBA tickets, starting from $136 to $4,356. However, interested fans can also use the pay-per-view option on ESPN+ for $79.99.

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With the Mavs finishing 11th in the West last season, the preseason will be an important opportunity for the team to test its newfound chemistry. The Mavs had great expectations for their star pair of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving after signing him at the trade deadline, but the season ended up being a dismal failure.

Addressing their upcoming preseason game, coach Jason Kidd said the following: “But this being a new season and being able to start in Abu Dhabi; when you see them [Irving and Doncic] play on the floor that they do co-exist and that we’re going to play at a high level, and we’re excited. Being able to have training camp, to have a full year together, their relationship is only going to get stronger.”

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The NBA Abu Dhabi preseason games promise to be an action-packed event. Fans are eager to see the superstar duo’s potential after having the whole off-season to develop synergy.

Watch this story: Why is NBA Preseason Held in Abu Dhabi? All the Details Behind American League’s Mega-Deal With $503 Billion Rich City

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Darshita Daga

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Darshita Daga is an NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing Bachelor’s in English, she’s a fervent sports enthusiast with a keen interest in sports journalism, specifically covering the NBA. She feels that words have the potential to capture the spirit of a game, evaluate moves, and portray the emotions that occur both on and off the court.
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