We’d heard WWE wanted 45,000 fans in the stands for each night of April 10 & 11’s WrestleMania 37 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. There was speculation the company wanted to get closer to the venue’s full capacity of 65,000+.
That means WrestleMania will end up looking a lot like the Super Bowl did when it was held in the same building back in February. The NFL’s big game was held in Raymond James at 38% capacity, with 7,500 of those in attendance being healthcare workers who were vaccinated in the first stages of the rollout of COVID vaccines.
As for why WWE is aiming lower than they’d allegedly hoped? The Tampa Times article says the decision was made “with local partners and government officials” in order to “to adhere to health and safety guidelines.” That means seating pods, social distancing, masks required (free masks will be given at entry, as they were at the Super Bowl), temperature checks, health screenings, cashless concessions and mobile ticketing.
It’s a far cry from what the state of Florida wants to allow, and what the UFC will be doing when they sell every seat at indoor arena in Jacksonville later in April. Whether it’s being done for public health or marketing reasons, it’s a refreshingly reasoned approach to holding an event while the world is still in a pandemic.
If you’re inclined to be one of the 25 - 50K people who’ll attend WrestleMania 37 next month, pods of 1 - 6 tickets go on sale soon. Details on that are here.