The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has applied to expand its APEX facility so that it can stage events hosting fans.

UFC APEX rose to prominence as the mixed martial arts promotion utilised it to stage events as COVID-19 began to take hold across the world.

The UFC has lodged a zoning application indicating plans to add the ability to welcome up to 1,000 people at the APEX, adding food and beverage service, ticket sales and a merchandise shop to the space. The application is due to be heard by Clark County in Nevada on Wednesday.

The seating being proposed would not be fixed, meaning that APEX would retain the flexibility to stage a variety of events.

“UFC APEX has become the defacto home for UFC events during the pandemic, and we’re looking to create additional seating and enhance the fan experience for future events,” a UFC spokesperson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper.

UFC president Dana White in April 2020 said the promotion would stage its events at APEX for the “foreseeable future” as it sought to become the world’s first major sports organisation to return to a normal schedule amid COVID-19.

The UFC opened its APEX facility, located next the organisation’s headquarters in Las Vegas, back in June 2019. The facility also has advanced production capabilities, meaning it is able to stream events worldwide.

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