Doors to the Ultimate Fighting Championship card at Bojangles Colisuem opened at 4 p.m. The first fight started at 5 p.m. The last fight is scheduled to start about 9:30 p.m.
Yet when I walked into the building at 3:45 p.m., there were hundreds of fans in line. They stood in the heat and waited for the doors to open.
How many hundred? I asked a police officer. After looking at the line from the left and the line from the right, he said, "I'd say 1,200."
Cool scene. Fans practically sprinted to their seats, or to the concession line for a beer.
My seat is just outside the Octagon. I've sat at ringside 50 times. But this is the first time I've sat at cageside.