UFC Octagon Nation Tour Takes Over Fremont Street Experience July 4-7
By Rachel Diehl
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – June 22, 2012 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Fremont Street Experience kick-off the inaugural UFC International Fight Week® with a free Fourth of July concert in downtown Las Vegas featuring multi-platinum rock band 3 Doors Down.
UFC International Fight Week brings mixed martial arts fans from around the globe to Las Vegas from July 4-7 to celebrate their passion for the fastest growing sport in the world. Offering free concerts, pub crawls, pool parties and the highly-anticipated UFC Fan Expo®, International Fight Week offers fan unprecedented access to the largest gathering of UFC fighters ever. International Fight Week culminates with one of the biggest sporting events of the year: UFC® 148: SILVA vs. SONNEN II from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 7.
Many of the great International Fight Week events, including the 3 Doors Down concert, are scheduled to take place at Fremont Street Experience, a staple of downtown Las Vegas.
“This is a great opportunity for UFC fight fans – and fans of great music – to take in a free concert starring 3 Doors Down, one of today’s most notable bands,” said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience. “Fans can also participate in UFC’s Octagon Nation Tour, a fan experience that really puts you in the middle of the action. Fremont Street Experience is eager to be a part of UFC Fight Week and we look forward to seeing the fans from around world and right here in Las Vegas come downtown to celebrate.”
Schedule of Events:
Kick-Off Party Featuring Free Concert from 3 Doors Down
On Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Fremont Street Experience and UFC will host a free kick-off party that will feature a performance by international recording artists 3 Doors Down. The concert will begin at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.
UFC Octagon Nation Tour
The UFC Octagon Nation Tour® takes over Fremont Street Experience daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., July 4-7, for a free, public event. The UFC Octagon Truck, a fully customized 18-wheeler equipped with two Octagon-sized tents, will be on display at the 3rd Street North area, giving fans a chance to meet UFC athletes, play the latest UFC video games, check out cool memorabilia and more.
Downtown Pub Crawl
A Downtown Pub Crawl will be held on Thursday, July 5 from 6-8 p.m. and will be hosted by UFC fighters at the D Casino Hotel, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Las Vegas and El Cortez Hotel & Casino.
On July 4-5, Fuel TV, the only cable and satellite television cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports including UFC, motocross, surfing, snowboarding and more, will be reporting live from Fremont Street Experience.
About Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment complex located in historic downtown Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience features Viva Vision, the world’s largest video screen, which is 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. Fremont Street Experience is a one-of-a-kind venue which includes free nightly concerts and entertainment on three stages. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 17 million annual visitors. Fremont Street Experience can be found online at www.vegasexperience.com.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Universally recognized for its action-packed can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories to nearly one billion homes worldwide in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.
About 3 Doors Down
From that first explosive burst of “Kryptonite” to subsequent multi-platinum albums and a non-stop touring regimen that finds them still notching shows around the world at a record pace, 3 Doors Down has earned a hard-fought pedigree as one of rock’s most exciting and authentic bands. Their impressive and steady ascension up the ladder has seen them score multiple #1 hits, snag several Billboard and other awards and log scores of sold-out shows over a growing global terrain that is nearing forty countries.
“Kryptonite,” which ignited their storied career at the top of the last decade, rose to international fame and charted in the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their album, The Better Life released in 2000 was the 11th best-selling album of the year and certified 6x platinum in the United States. The album featured international hit singles such as: “Kryptonite,” “Loser” and “Duck and Run” as well as “Be Like That,” which was later re-recorded and featured in the 2001 film American Pie 2.
The band’s success continued with their second album Away From the Sun, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart and went multi-platinum in the U.S. In 2005, the band released their third album, Seventeen Days, which launched at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum within its first month of release. The album features four hit singles including “It’s Not My Time,” “Train,” “Let Me Be Myself,” and “Citizen/Soldier” which pays tribute to the National Guard. Their fourth, self-titled album, 3 Doors Down, also went straight to #1, cementing them as one of this generation’s battle-tested rock bands. The band’s fifth studio album Time of My Life was released in 2011. Since the start of their career, 3 Doors Down have sold over 20 million albums worldwide.