WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon (who totally isn’t a newscaster named Anita Reelman) recently spoke to TMZ Sports about the company’s plans for WrestleMania 37.
This year’s event is in many ways a do-over for last year’s, when the early days of the pandemic forced WWE to move the show from Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium to their own Performance Center in Orlando. One of the changes the coronavirus forced, of course, was for WrestleMania to be held without an audience. By delaying the 2021 version until April, informed speculation said WWE was betting they’ll be able to put at least some fans in 65,000 seat venue.
McMahon told TMZ that is indeed the plan, but she hedged the bet at least a bit:
“I’m thrilled and excited because, hopefully, this will be the first opportunity for us to have our fans back in attendance.
“That’s the current plan. Of course, ticket information is not available yet cause we’re still trying to figure out all the machinations. Working with the local organizing committee, all of the health officials, health and safety is first and foremost, of course.
“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.”
Those machinations will likely depend on a number of factors that are out of WWE’s hands, including how the COVID vaccine rollout goes under new management, and the spread of mutated forms of the virus.
A WrestleMania with people in the stands would indicate those things are going well, or at least not terribly. Hopefully we’ll hear some in-person cheers on Sat., April 10 & Sun., April 11.