Conor McGregor accepted the Ultimate Fighting Championship offer for a January 23 charity match against Dustin Poirer, according to a tweet from the mixed martial arts fighter Wednesday night.
However, he also said he wanted the match to take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
“Jerry Jones is a friend and the stadium can hold our crowd,”
Poirer tweeted to his opponent, replying with, “Close to home for me on my birthday weekend! What weight?”
An AT&T Stadium spokesperson did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment at the time of publication.
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While the AT&T Stadium can seat around 80,000 people for its main seating capacity, the Dallas Cowboys unveiled a safe stadium policy in August, stating that capacity would be limited in accordance with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Texas, local public safety and public health authority.
Jones told 105.3 The Fan earlier this month that the stadium’s total capacity “will approach 25,000,” a figure that would lead to the presence of the NFL.
“We are doing this, in my mind, very safely, very cautiously and adhering to all conventions that need to be adhered to,” Jones added on the radio show. “[We’re] will have a great fan experience here. But, and from my point of view, it’s a mask “.
However, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announced this month that it will begin accepting applications for combative sporting events in the state that would allow a 50% limit on the venue’s total listed occupancy, giving the AT&T stadium a chance to hold the venue. approximately 40,000 people if an application has been submitted and approved.
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Holding the event at the AT&T stadium could potentially bring much-needed tax revenue to the city of Arlington, whose economy has been devastated due to ongoing COVID-19-associated business closures.
According to Arlington’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2021, the city’s sales tax revenue would have been below the budget for the year by up to 20% by March and April.
“Tax revenues on sales may also struggle to regain their position during 2021 and 2022,” Arlington City Manager Trey Yelverton wrote. “Loss of disposable income and reduced ability to afford the city’s entertainment, hospitality and retail opportunities could result in a downward trend of even more closed businesses, lost jobs and fewer travel. This in turn would have implications. for almost all the sources of income of the city, especially those related to construction, development and recreation “.
Arlington’s budget for fiscal year 2021 is expected to bring in $ 538,504,158 in revenue for the city. However, his projected expenses amount to $ 538,504,158.
According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the budget was approved by the city council in September. The Dallas Morning News reported that the city’s $ 8 million in cuts resulted in a $ 13.5 million lower budget than this year.
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McGregor hasn’t fought since his 40-second win over Donald Cerrone in January.
If the fight officially reunites, Poirier will have a chance for redemption following his first-round knockout defeat to McGregor in 2014.
McGregor had previously accepted the UFC’s offer for a fight with Poirer last week, but said the fight “must take place in 2020”. It has announced potential dates including November 21 and December 12 and 19. Additionally, last week he said he would still donate $ 500,000 to Poirer’s charity, The Good FIght Foundation.
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