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UFC opens new production center in Las Vegas

Posted at 4:22 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 19:22:55-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Ultimate Fighting Championship has opened a new state-of-the art production center to host live events, studio shows, and more in Las Vegas.

UFC APEX officially opened its doors on June 18 by hosting its first event, the season three premiere of Dana White’s Contender Series.

“UFC APEX is going to be a massive game changer for combat sports and for UFC,” said UFC President Dana White.

“This facility gives us the flexibility to try new things and push the envelope on producing and distributing combat sports all over the world. We are limited only by my imagination. When you think of where we started and where we are now, it’s pretty incredible, but we haven’t even scratched the surface of how big this will become.”

The building is a 130,000 square-foot production facility with more than 50,000 square feet of production space and over 70,000 square feet of office space.

UFC APEX has built-in production capabilities with an arena space that can be configured to accommodate a variety of live events, including other sports competitions, concerts, stage shows, esports tournaments, and more.

The arena can also be converted into a sound stage for use as a rehearsal space for entertainment acts booked throughout Las Vegas.

A new IP-based control room will be installed in UFC APEX in 2020 that will allow UFC to produce live events remotely from any location in the world and broadcast them in 4K resolution.

In addition to the primary arena space, UFC APEX will also feature a smaller 50’ x 50’ sound stage that can accommodate a variety of smaller productions, including live pre- and post-event studio shows, and original programming that can be distributed on a variety of platforms, including UFC FIGHT PASS.

UFC APEX sits adjacent to UFC’s Las Vegas headquarters in the building formerly occupied by Scientific Games.

UFC purchased the building in 2018 and began extensive, multi-million dollar renovations in October 2018.