Mixed martial arts could come to Niagara Falls area with new convention center
A new study is expected to be approved in the coming months that would provide the details New York state and local officials will need to evaluate the notion of a new convention center and arena in Niagara Falls.
According to a report from the Buffalo News, a union official envisions the center housing up to 10,000 seats. The goal is for the study to be completed by October 2017.
If the arena is eventually built could it potentially be a venue for major mixed martial arts promotions such as the UFC or Bellator?
County Legislator Jason A. Zona, D-Niagara Falls, said he would like to see a seating capacity of at least 8,000 in a facility that could be used for sports, concerts and other special events.
“What kind of minor league sports would Niagara Falls attract? We need to get a professional answer,” Zona said.
Boxing or mixed martial arts events also could be booked into such an arena, Zona said.
Niagara County’s Economic Development Department plans to release a request for proposals for a feasibility study on Wednesday, said Christian W. Peck, the county’s public information officer.