Irish pub 'forced' to charge customers $150 to watch Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight
Rí Rá Irish Pub in Las Vegas, Nevada, are charging customers $150 to watch Conor McGregor's professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday.
As part of a deal with Mayweather Promotions and the Nevada Gaming Commission, any closed-circuit location on the Las Vegas strip must charge a minimum of $150 for admission to watch the fight.
The event can be purchased in the United States via pay-per-view for $89.95, or $99.95 for high definition, however, those looking to watch the fight on the strip must pay a minimum of $150 to gain admittance to any venue with the right to broadcast the bout.
"Normally with the UFC you agree a package with the promotion based on your size and your viewing, and you pay that fee," said Angela Grogan, Chief Operating Officer of Rí Rá.
"At that point you can do what you want. You can charge your guests in or you can let them in for free. With this fight, because it's through the boxing promoter and the promoter owns the rights for it, and because for us we're on the Las Vegas strip and we're so close to the arena and the actual live fight, you're governed under specific rules.
"Basically, if you go online and look at anywhere on the strip, and go on to Ticketmaster, everyone is charging $150. We don't have a choice. If we want to show the fight that's what we have to do.
"Tickets have to be sold through Ticketmaster and then people go into a venue similar to how you'd attend a concert or an event."
The $150 entrance fee is just for the duration of the fight, with Rí Rá playing live music and showing replays of the Kerry-Mayo game throughout the night and following day.
The pub is just one mile away from the T-Mobile Arena, where Saturday's fight will be held, and just over a mile from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where McGregor fought Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier in the UFC.
Rí Rá co-owner Ciaran Sheehan has said that he would much rather sell tickets to their venue at a lower price for the fight, but that he's still expecting his premises to a generate a great atmosphere regardless.
"It's not something we're thrilled about at all," said Sheehan.
"We'd much prefer to make the entrance far much lower and generate business as a result but we're not getting the fight through traditional cable, it's through a closed circuit.
"But anyone from the US Irish community, or anyone coming over from Ireland, have adopted us as their home away from home for the fights. We welcome them with open arms and they're great craic. They really are.
"They're well behaved, very enjoyable, and just typical of your Irish fans when they travel."
Rí Rá also have licensed premises in Portland, Charlotte and Atlanta, and added that securing the fight for those venues was similar to how they would procure a fight from the UFC, where you would negotiate a package based on venue size andd expected viewing, but that the price for the fight was still four to five times more expensive than a UFC fight for those venues.