Saul Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin could generate 80,000 plus in attendanceWritten by Lee Cleveland
The biggest match-up in boxing, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs. Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin, is official for September 16th, 2017.
And ironically, this fight between a Mexican and Kazakh could one of the most attended in recent memory in the US.In fact, if Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has his way, Alvarez vs Golovkin will be.
Should the fight take place at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, expect at least 80,000 spectators to be on-hand. At this moment, however, a venue has yet to be selected.
“The idea of Canelo and GGG fighting before 100,000 screaming Hispanic Mexican fans is exciting," Jones said via ESPN.
"One of the neatest things that happens to me, is when we have big fights at AT&T Stadium, the list of messages and letters that I get back from our Hispanic fan base is endless."
"It really makes me feel good, and of course it would be outstanding for us to have that fight at AT&T Stadium. We’re very much in the hunt, because of the great interest in boxing in this history."
"Certainly the proximity to Mexico. We have over 1,500 of our season ticket holders that commute from Monterrey, Mexico, for the Dallas Cowboys. So, it would be a great venue to have that special fight in.”
Jones sums it up... The stadium's size and appeal, its proximity to Mexico, and Texas' high Mexican-American population would be factors in generating a sweet live gate. Let's face it, Mexicans love boxing - and its superstar fighter, Saul Alvarez.
AT&T Stadium fast facts
- Capacity: 100,000
- AT&T Stadium is visible 5 miles away on Interstate 30 and can be seen from tall buildings in Dallas, about 18 miles away. It often is called the "Death Star" because of its enormity, a tribute to the planet-destroying space station in "Star Wars.''
- The stadium fills up 73 acres, or 3 million square feet.
- Texans also call Cowboys Stadium the Jerry Dome in honor of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
- AT&T Stadium has one of the world’s largest high-definition video screens
- It has a 14,000-plus ton retractable roof that opens or closes in 12 minutes
- Four thousand people have paid $200 each to stand outside of the stadium and watch the game on big screen.
- 15,000 Club seats that offer extra amenities to guests at any of the stadium’s 10 VIP clubs
- Concession stands that offer fire-roasted turkey burgers, gourmet nachos, sushi, and dozens of other out-of-the-ordinary menu items
Of course it'll be difficult for Jones to compete with Las Vegas due to the extraordinary site fees because of the casinos. But don't forget, Saul fought there last year and fight sensation Manny Pacquiao has been showcased there twice so AT&T Stadium is certainly in the hunt.
AT&T Stadium: Attendances for several previous fight cards
- Saul Alvarez vs Liam Smith (2016) - 51,240 (46,115 paid)
- Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey (2010) - 50,994 (46,371 paid)
- Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito (2010) - 41,734 (30,437 paid)
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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