I went to the MSG McGregor card, it was my first UFC event. I reckon I'm a decent bargain hunter so hope these tips help.
If you have decided you are definitely going, buy flights and hotels ahead of time and then get the tickets when they go on sale. It makes everything cheaper. If you don't get tickets well then you are still going to New York at least
We booked flights and accommodation in late August when the flights were their cheapest ever. Nobody books holidays at that time of year...
UFC Fight Club Pre Sale was a huge help for buying the right ticket for the first MSG card. I was determined to get a $600 tier ticket and got really nice pair. On popular cards the public sales can be a nightmare.
If you are going over for a popular card, use multiple devices for Ticketmaster. Me and my girlfriend had 4 devices on the go, all searching Ticketmaster as the pre sale code can be used with the same account on multiple devices. Only 2 of the 4 devices we had on the go got tickets:
- She got tickets offered on the long end of MSG's oval.
- My computer got tickets on the short end of the oval making the seats closer to the cage (we took those, but it was hairy enough trying to decide over text which tickets were closer)
@dashoonage you went all out with the hotels
There are much cheaper (but still decent) options in NYC.
- I got a 4 night stay in a 3 star hotel on 39th St for €680.
- Don't make the mistake many people do and go for the absolute cheapest as you will end up in a dump like Hotel Pennsylvania.
- We went for a cool hotel called Pod39, small rooms but funky.
€438 per person
We got flights for two people return Shannon-JFK for €876. Aer Lingus and pre-clearance was great.
Airport-NYC connection €7 each way per person
New York is the premier walking city. Don't spend your time in taxis and the subway. You will discover loads in New York by walking.
Only transport we took was:
The AirTrain-Subway link to arrive a few mins walk away from our hotel. So impressive, and cheap too.
We took the Subway once to get to a dinner reservation fast.
I hated buying this but my missus wouldn't relax until twas bought. I think they even cover tickets to the UFC event if you miss it some how like a missed flight.
In true New York style we ate at both ends of the price bracket. You can eat in the student area for dirt cheap (we found a place that did a huge slice of Pizza for $1). We also ate at once of the nicer restaurants in New York and we were surprised at how not-insane the upper end pricing was.
No visa needed for Irish citizens, just an ESTA. Do it online at this link for about €13: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/