As they are want to do, executives at WWE had a press release sent out announcing that two records were broken at last night's (Sun., April 7, 2013) WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view (PPV) event at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The first: the company's own live gate record with $12.3 million. The second: the attendance record for MetLife, as the announced crowd was billed at 80,676.
The press release:
WWE announced tonight that WrestleMania 29 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the record for MetLife Stadium's highest grossing entertainment event. WWE's annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $12.3 million, as 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries converged on MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.. The event is broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.
The previous MetLife Stadium record for an entertainment event's gross revenue was a U2 concert on July 20, 2011, which grossed $8.9 million. This is the fourth consecutive year that WWE broke the host venue's record for the highest-grossing entertainment event.
"On behalf of the great state of New Jersey, I want to thank all of the fans that came from around the world to beautiful MetLife Stadium for WrestleMania 29," said New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie. "WWE put on a show like no other and electrified the capacity crowd."
"WrestleMania came home and had an incredible impact on the entire New York/New Jersey region," said John P. Saboor, Senior Vice President of Special Events, WWE. "We want to thank our fans as well as our public and private sector partners for their support. We now turn our attention to the Big Easy for next year's historic 30th anniversary of WrestleMania."
WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Ticket information will be announced later this year.
WWE.com has listed the top five attendance records at WrestleMania, according to what the company announced for each show, although that doesn't necessarily reflect an accurate number:
1. 93,173: WrestleMania III, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Mich., March 29, 1987
2. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., April 7, 2013
3. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Mich., April 1, 2007
4. 78,363: WrestleMania XXVIII, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla., April 1, 2012
5. 74,635: WrestleMania XXIV, Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla., March 30, 2008
WrestleMania 29 featured John Cena defeating The Rock to win the WWE championship, Triple H keeping his career alive by pinning Brock Lesnar, and Undertaker adding CM Punk to his list of victims at the "Showcase of the Immortals," bringing his streak to 21-0.