The 7+ hour WrestleMania’s are a thing of the past because, going forward, WWE wants the 2-day WrestleMania experience to be a permanent thing.
WWE went to 2 days when they ran WrestleMania 36 from the Performance Center in Orlando. They did it last year too but they weren’t able to gauge how many tickets they could sell because of the limited capacity due to the pandemic. This year, there are no capacity limits and while they are unlikely to sell out both nights, they are approaching 60,000 seats sold for each night, which should be considered a success.
During the Sunday Night’s Main Event podcast, Dave Meltzer says that this year’s show was a test to see if the 2-day WrestleMania format would do well with ticket sales.
“I think WrestleMania is gonna be a 2-night thing going forward,” Meltzer said. “I think was the first step to see will people buy and they bought in good enough numbers. Did it sell out first day, were the original numbers gigantic? No, but it’s fine. It’s a big stadium. It wasn’t gonna be easy to sell it out two straight days.”
Meltzer continued, “They haven’t announced 2 days for next year but I think it’s better to go for 2 days. It’s just the nature of what WrestleMania has become. There’s more money to be made and it’s better for the shows…”
“I talked to people there and they certainly gave me the impression that the idea is 2 days going forward. They always can change their mind based on what happens. I think that they all thought that 7-hour show just doesn’t work. That’s more tiring than the 2 days.”
WrestleTix is reporting that more than 58,000 tickets are gone for night 2. The night 1 numbers are somewhere in that ballpark as well.
WrestleMania – Night 2
Sun, Apr 3 at 6:30pm
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Available Tickets => 5,095
Combo Tickets Available => 321
Current Setup/Capacity => 63,438
Tickets Distributed => 58,022
— WrestleTix (@WrestleTix) March 20, 2022
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