Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood to Host PFL Playoffs
The Road to PFL’s MMA World Championship Starts Here
NEW YORK (June 8, 2021) – The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the fastest growing and most innovative sports league, today announced that its 2021 Playoffs will be held at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. The chase for the six 2021 PFL Championships, and the $1 million purses that come with it, kicks off on Friday, August 13 as the field of 24 fighters who will earn a Playoff berth will be whittled down, over three events, to just 12 finalists who will go on to compete in the 2021 PFL Championship later this year.
The 2021 PFL Regular Season has reached the midway point and some of the world’s best fighters face win-or-go-home scenarios as they fight for their playoff lives. While there is plenty of drama set to unfold and many playoff spots still up for grabs, the venue for the PFL Playoffs has been set. Hard Rock Live will play host to the events across three dates in August.
The PFL Playoffs will take place over three action-packed nights beginning on Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m. ET featuring lightweight and featherweight action. On Thursday, August 19 at 7 p.m. ET fans will see the light heavyweights and welterweights go face-to-face in a combat showdown. Then on Friday, August 27 at 8 p.m. ET women’s lightweight and heavyweight action is set to hit the PFL cage. All the fights can be seen live on ESPN (August 19), ESPN 2 (August 13 & 27), ESPN Deportes (all events) and streaming on ESPN+.
“We are excited to bring the intense playoff atmosphere that only the PFL can provide to Hard Rock Live this August,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “Every fighter has the chance to become a world champion and bank the $1 million top prize that comes with it. Let’s get ready to crown the champions!”
“With the addition of Professional Fighters League to our diverse calendar of marquee events, Hard Rock Live continues to position itself as a global destination for premier live entertainment,” said Keith Sheldon, President of Entertainment for Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming. “We are thrilled to bring the action of the PFL to South Florida while showcasing Hard Rock Live both domestically and internationally to an even broader audience via the ESPN family of networks. There is nothing better in sports than the atmosphere of the playoffs.”
The second half of the PFL Regular Season begins this Thursday, June 10 when the league’s featherweights and lightweight fighters make their final push to earn a spot in the playoffs at PFL 4, airing in primetime across ESPN networks. The remaining Regular Season events will take place on June 17, and June 25.
About Professional Fighters League
Professional Fighters League (PFL) is the first and only to present MMA in the sports-season format where individual fighters compete in Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship. PFL is the innovation leader with the PFL SmartCage delivering viewers on-screen fight analytics and real-time prop bets. PFL Roster is second to none with 25% of its fighters ranked in the top 25 in their weight-class. All PFL 2021 Season events are live in primetime on ESPN2/ESPN+ in the U.S. (typically on Thursdays), as well as on leading broadcast and streaming outlets in 160 countries worldwide.
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About Hard Rock Live
The new Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is South Florida’s premier entertainment venue. An investment of more than $125 million, the 7,000-person capacity indoor venue has clamshell-style seating where the furthest seat to the stage is only 164 feet away, giving guests an intimate experience. Designed by Scéno Plus, the 225,000 square-foot facility is also equipped with state-of-the-art in-house sound and lighting, multiple 30’x17’ HD viewing screens and mobile-stage technology. With its technical capabilities, Hard Rock Live supports A-List acts, as well as nationally televised awards shows, sporting events and more. The venue is a standout option for entertainers and tours across the country as well as internationally renowned acts. New amenities at Hard Rock Live include a VIP salon, more than 300 square feet of bar space for fast and convenient beverage service, and The Couches, an exclusive premium seating area featuring plush couches and tables with dedicated in-seat cocktail service, giving guests an elite experience like no other with unparalleled views of the performance from their tiered theater-style seats.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion on Oct. 24, 2019. New offerings include 638 upscale guestrooms in the first-ever Guitar Hotel, 168 luxury guestrooms and unique swim-up suites in the adjacent Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, and 465 newly redesigned guestrooms in Hard Rock Hotel for a combined room count of 1,271 throughout the resort. Additional amenities include the lush, “Bora Bora” style lagoon with private cabanas and butler service; a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding; 19 dining outlets and 20 bars and lounges; an expansive gaming floor with 3,100 slots, 195 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space including a 38,000 square-foot, carpeted exhibition hall; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. The highly anticipated Hard Rock Live entertainment venue with a 7,000-person capacity, will showcase A-list entertainers, comedy acts, Broadway performances, sporting events and live broadcast productions. The integrated resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441), and is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.