Bellator NYC available in selected theaters

May 26, 2017

Bellator NYC: Sonnen v. Silva will be made available in movie theaters according to a company press release.

Via press release:

One of the year’s biggest combat sports events is headed to the silver screen. Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs Silva, headlined by the long-awaited fight between two of the biggest names in mixed martial arts history,Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC), will be available in movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, June 24, in addition to pay-per-view.

Emanating from the legendary Madison Square in New York City, the mecca of combat sports, this blockbuster event includes a heavyweight bought between Russian icon Fedor Emelianenko and hard-hitting Matt Mitrione along with two championship bouts including Douglas Lima (28-6) defending his 170-pound strap against Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC) and current lightweight champion Michael Chandler (16-3) putting his world title on the line against the undefeated Brent Primus (7-0).

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva will be broadcast live to cinemas nationwide for this special one-night event at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT. In addition, audience members will receive an exclusive commemorative poster with their ticket purchase (while supplies last).

Tickets for Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva can be purchased beginning Friday, May 26, online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 350 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations will be available May 26 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“MMA fans will be treated to a very exciting and unique experience by watching this momentous event on the big screen,” said Kymberli Frueh, Fathom Events VP of Programming. “This is the biggest MMA event of the year – and if you can’t attend at MSG, the theater experience will be unforgettable.”

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva also airs live on pay-per-view beginning at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Prior to the pay-per-view event, SPIKE will air Bellator 180 LIVE and FREE on both coasts, beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Additionally, Bellator 180 prelims will air exclusively on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT.

Payout Perspective:

In my area, the tickets are going for $15 per adult.

 

You may recall that the UFC and major boxing events used the movie theater strategy to reach out to a broader audience for those that did not want to purchase the PPV at home or did not have access to it.  If you are a “cord cutter” or “cord-never” (a term I just learned of last week) , you would not have access to purchase the PPV.  The theater option gives a cheaper alternative to watch the event.  How many more people will it add, we shall see.  But, it’s clear that  Bellator is pulling out all stops to ensure that next month’s event in New York is big.

One Response to “Bellator NYC available in selected theaters”

  1. josh on May 29th, 2017 6:09 AM

    Great for Bellator! This only helps Them & the sport grow. Its odd but THIS feels bigger than when the UFC went to MSG. Anyone else feel that way? Im gonna try tofind a theater to go watch it, my father used to tell me about great boxing events he would go see at the movies and he said it “felt like being at the fight live”. Cant wait! Thank You Bellator

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