Etihad Arena Introduces Enhanced Safety Protocols for Fan Attendance at UFC Events

By: Tristen Critchfield
Jan 10, 2021


For the first time since early 2020, fans will be allowed to attend Ultimate Fighting Championship events in a limited capacity.

The UFC will return to Abu Dhabi for three fight cards on Jan. 16, Jan. 20 and Jan. 23, and Etihad Arena, which has a normal capacity of 18,000 people, is expected to host approximately 2,000 spectators per event. With that in mind, the venue has revealed a list of enhanced protocols to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

All those attending must adhere to the guidelines or they will not be granted entry to the events. Those safety measures, which can be viewed on the venue’s website, are as follows:

1. Upon arriving to the venue entrance, all spectators will undergo a check of their valid 48-hour PCR test, thermal scanning and ticket checks. Spectators will have to present the AlHosn App OR a medical center report for the valid 48-Hour PCR test.
2. Any spectator showing signs of high fever or does not have a valid 48-hour PCR COVID-19 test will be denied entry with no refunds to their ticket.
3. Wearing a face mask is always mandatory within the venue, even when seated.
4. Adhere to social distancing guidelines in and around the venue.
5. Contactless payments are required.
6. Food and non-alcoholic beverages can be ordered from your seat and through hawkers or via physical concessions at the venue.
7. Alcohol will be available through hawkers and physical concessions at the venue.
8. Sanitization of the venue will take place prior to the event.
9. Sanitizers are placed around the venue.


Security and COVID-19 checks could take up to one hour to complete, so those attending are advised to plan accordingly. Tickets are required to be downloaded for digital scanning, and specators are required to stand two meters apart from those outside their groups at all times — designated stickers will be placed throughout the arena indicating the recommended distance between people.

According to the website’s ticketing information, individual tickets are no longer available for UFC 257, which is headlined by the rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23. Individual tickets for UFC on ABC 1 “Holloway vs. Kattar” on Jan. 16 and for UFC on ESPN 20 “Chiesa vs. Magny” on Jan. 20 are still available.

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