We now know the location of next year's WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The 'Houston Chronicle' was the first to report the news that next year the city of Houston will play host to WWE's Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The 33rd annual Royal Rumble event will take place inside 'Minute Maid Park' in Houston, Texas which is the home to World Series Champions Houston Astros. 'Minute Maid Park' has a capacity of 41,000 people and the date for the 2020 PPV is slated for January 26th.
WWE Executive John Saboor spoke with the Houston Chronicle and stated that WWE's success with last month's Royal Rumble pay-per-view at 'Chase Field' in Phoenix underscored their decision to have yet another event at a baseball stadium.
“We had a wonderful experience at Chase Field, and that underscored our excitement with the decision to place the 2020 Royal Rumble at Minute Maid Park,” said Saboor. "We want to expose the WWE brand and its events to as many people as possible, and the size of facilities in which we present our major events is a key catalyst.”
Saboor shared that WWE were in talks with the 'Harris County Sports Authority' last summer about bringing the Royal Rumble to Houston. The last time that a Royal Rumble event was held in Houston was in 1989 which was the second installment of the event.
WWE has officially confirmed that 'Minute Maid Park' will host the 2020 Royal Rumble pay-per-view and the following comes from WWE.com:
WWE today announced that Minute Maid Park in Houston will host Royal Rumble on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The event will mark WWE’s debut at Minute Maid Park and the second time Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Chase Field in Phoenix which took place in front of a capacity crowd of 48,193. The announcement was made by the Houston Chronicle.
Fans attending this Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber event at the Toyota Center in Houston will receive a pre-sale offer to buy tickets to Royal Rumble before the general public. Details on ticket availability will be forthcoming. Additionally, fans in attendance will have the chance to win four tickets to the 2020 Royal Rumble by taking part in a special Twitter and Instagram sweepstakes.
“We are thrilled to bring one of WWE’s biggest events of 2020 to Minute Maid Park,” said Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority. “We look forward to WWE fans from around the world descending on Houston for the Royal Rumble.”
The event, which will stream live around the world on WWE Network, will feature a 30-Man Royal Rumble Match and a 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match, with the winners of both matches receiving World Championship opportunities at WrestleMania 36.
This Sunday, Houston, Texas will play host to WWE's 'Elimination Chamber' pay-per-view and to view the updated match card for Sunday's show, head over to Fightful's "events" page.