WrestleMania 32 Almost Sold Out, WWE Attendance Record Already Broken
With just over three weeks until WrestleMania 32, ticket sales have ramped up and WWE has already broken the company’s all-time ticket record. As of last week, 84,000 tickets have been sold, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. WWE typically releases additional tickets closer to show time as the production setup is finalized, but the final number should be just north of 85,000.
WWE’s current attendance record was set at SummerSlam 1992 at Wembley Stadium, which had 79,127 tickets sold. WrestleMania III, which WWE often touts as the company’s largest crowd ever (“93,173”), actually had closer to 78,000 fans in attendance.
Going by WWE’s math and their habit of inflating attendance figures, it’s very likely that WWE will announce announce the WrestleMania 32 attendance to be over 100,000.
Just this week, Vince McMahon spoke to Brian Fritz of the Orlando Sentinel about the pressure he feels to make WrestleMania bigger each year. “I can say, unequivocally, that it’s a lot of pressure,” McMahon admitted. “Every year you have to outdo yourself. This year was difficult because John Cena was not a part of it. We have to reach way down and try and come up with things you haven’t done before and also hold back surprises that the audience does not know. They expect that from us.”
Last week it was reported that WWE has already sold over 84,000 tickets for WrestleMania 32, shattering the company’s (legitimate) all-time attendance record. That number includes standing-room-only tickets, so the final attendance number will not be significantly higher than that. Of course the company will announce attendance above 93,000 – we’ll see how far they push the envelope regarding the elusive 100,000 figure.
WrestleMania ticket sales have grossed approximately $13 million, another record for the company. The previous record was set at last year’s WrestleMania ($12.6 million). Despite the fact that WWE sold far more tickets for this year’s WrestleMania, ticket prices were lower were this year.
The $13 million gate is larger gate than UFC’s biggest show in history. UFC 129 back in April 2011 featuring GSP vs. Jake Shields grossed over $11 million at the Rogers Centre in Toronto (the former SkyDome, which hosted 2 WrestleManias).
None of these figures some even close to boxing’s top shows. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, there have been 10 events that have grossed over $13 million. The record is held by the Mayweather vs. Pacquaiao fight from last May at MGM in Vegas which drew a staggering $72 million.