UNION SQUARE, Manhattan (PIX11) -- Those headed to the bars to watch the Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight tonight may pay a pretty big fare to watch the fight out in public.
Bars are being charged thousands of dollars to screen the fight, and some of that cost is being passed onto consumers.
At SideBar in Union Square, they're paying $8,000 to show the fight. Willing customers are paying several thousand dollars for seating and drinks. Table seats are sold out, but you can pay $35 at the door for standing room only. They're also offering a 3 hours of open bar for $100.
“It’s gonna be huge, we’re excited. It’s at max capacity, all the tables are sold, said Eric Blair, a bartender at SideBar.
This is the norm at scores of bars throughout the are tonight, including well outside the typically pricey venues of midtown Manhattan.
In Bergen County, New Jersey, BOOM Burger is charging $700 for table seating to watch the fight. Penthouse808 in Queens already sold out their $1,400 seats. And in Brooklyn, at Beast of Bourbon, seats are still available at the relative bargain of $400.
A big reason why bars are charging such big bucks to watch the fight on their big screens is because they had to foot a big bill to show it. The manager at SideBar said they had to pay roughly $8,000 to show the fight.
According to an operator at G&G Events, the company carrying the fight for bars and other venues, establishments that with a max occupancy of 101-200 people will pay around $4,500. While small venues with just a max occupancy of 100, will have to pay $3,000 to show the fight.
Tickets to the live show in Las Vegas tonight are running upwards of $100,000 for ringside seats. The fight starts at 9 p.m.