Oktagon MMA to host landmark event at Deutsche Bank Park

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Mixed martial arts promotion Oktagon MMA has announced plans for its biggest show yet at Deutsche Bank Park, home of Bundesliga football club Eintracht Frankfurt.

Oktagon 62 will take place at the stadium on October 12. Oktagon launched in 2016 and initially held events in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, before expanding into Germany and the UK.

In November, the promotion staged an event at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena, the biggest indoor arena in Germany. With an attendance of 19,000, the event broke the crowd record for an MMA event in Germany.

Deutsche Bank Park has a capacity of 55,000 and Oktagon hopes November’s event at the stadium will be a “historic night”. Oktagon said the event will feature live music, “incredible” visuals and a “whole host of surprises”.

Oktagon co-owner Pavol Neruda said: “Ever since we started doing shows in Frankfurt and speaking to the guys here, there seems to be some sort of magic here. It’s always been big here and we keep selling out the Festhalle.

“Germany is such a huge country and we believe there is always a chance to really make MMA big here. There was only one option really for us when it came to a stadium show here; Deutsche Bank Park is massive and it also has the closing roof that we need as well, just in case.

“For us, it seems like the perfect timing after selling out Cologne and the biggest indoor arena, this is the next step. We are aware it is a huge step, we are very humble because this goal is super ambitious.

“We believe we can sell this event out because the size of the event itself is going to attract people we believe. We are planning to bring big artists for the half-time shows, real global stars and we are now in negotiations. This is like an epic Colosseum.”

Oktagon will hold its first stadium event of the year on June 8 at Eden Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. More details surrounding the event in Frankfurt will be revealed over the coming months.