WWE has not had fans in attendance for a show since the March 9th, 2020 episode of Monday Night Raw. However, WWE hopes to change that by bringing back the WWE Universe to events as soon as WrestleMania 37 in Tampa, Florida.
On Saturday, January 16, 2021, WWE made history by announcing the location of three WrestleManias at one time. WrestleMania 37, which will take place across two nights this year, will emanate from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Raymond James was supposed to host the event last year but the global pandemic forced WWE to run its biggest show of the year from an empty Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Speaking with TMZ, WWE executive Stephanie McMahon revealed bad WWE is hoping to bring fans back for the two-night event on April 10th and 11th.
“I’m thrilled and excited because, hopefully, this will be the first opportunity for us to have our fans back in attendance," McMahon says.
"That’s the current plan. Of course, ticket information is not available yet cause we’re still trying to figure out all the machinations.”
Of course, WWE loves to tout attendance figures such as the announced WrestleMania 3 attendance figure of 93,173 fans inside of the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987. However, this year WWE has not set any attendance goal as of yet, but Stephanie says they will be learning a lot from the NFL and all of the best practices that have come to light since the start of the pandemic as safety is the utmost concern.
"Working with the local organizing committee, all of the health officials, health and safety is first and foremost, of course," Stephanie says.
"For our fans, for our performers, for the employees, for the staff working the building, there's a lot of different logistics that need to determined, but hopefully, it'll all work out, and this will be the first WWE event where we actually bring the WWE Universe back together in person, and I cannot wait."
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