Could WWE break the new record set by AEW?
Following All Elite Wrestling setting a new record for the number of tickets sold for a wrestling event, and the paid attendance of 81,035 being legitimate, is there a possibility that WWE could reclaim their crown in 2024 for WrestleMania 40?
Looking to take away the shine from All In a couple of weeks prior to the show taking place, a press release was put out where it was announced that over 90,000 tickets had already been sold for the show in Philadelphia. While this sounds impressive, WrestleMania will be over two nights once again, meaning that anyone who has bought a weekend combo ticket will be counted twice in the tally.
As reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, based on the size of Lincoln Financial Field and subtracting seats that will not be available due to staging, the capacity is 62,000. It is also expected that 5,000 comp tickets will be issued for each night, meaning that theoretically, 57,000 tickets will be available for purchase each respective night.
It does state that although not all sections have been released, more comp tickets will also be available when more sections become available. Also, more sections will likely not be opened up until the existing sections are full.
Overall for the weekend, WrestleMania will have more people in attendance than All In did. However, due to the capacity of the venue and a high number of paid seats unavailable for purchase, AEW will hold onto their record until at least August 2024, when they will have another chance to break it with All In 2.
WWE Set To Host Landmark WrestleMania
The company has come a long way since the first major show in Madison Square Garden in 1985. To highlight how much wrestling has grown in popularity since the first Mania, the attendance of the New York show was just under 20,000 people. Initial advertising posters have given a good indication as to which Superstars will be featured prominently over the course of the weekend in April 2024.