WWE Attendance Update
It has recently emerged that since the beginning of the year, none of the WWE Monday Night RAW’s have sold out in any of the arenas they have taken place in. It is expected that this will change in the forthcoming weeks as WWE returns to it “strong” cities, with RAW being hosted in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Brooklyn in the coming weeks. Each of these places are generally considered by WWE Management as having strong markets.
Last weeks edition of Monday Night RAW emanated from the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. This saw the much talked about retirement of Daniel Bryan, from various injuries in front of a crowd of approximately 10,000 in attendance. Given the KeyArena has a capacity of approximately 11,000, this meant that it was only 91% to capacity. This is relatively surprising, especially considering that this would have being a hometown crowd for Daniel Bryan. But this could possibly be attributed towards the late notification of Daniel Bryan being in attendance. If this had being confirmed earlier, then possibly a slightly higher attendance could have being expected.
It is a likely possibility that this weeks edition of RAW could be a sell-out in the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Honda Center (or as it was previously known the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim) has being a long standing regular host of various WWE events such as RAW and SmackDown but was the host of WrestleMania XII and 2000 as well as the Royal Rumble 1999. There is a likely possibility that this show could end up a sell out ahead of this Sunday’s Fastlane event, through walk-up sales if nothing else.
Thus far this year, RAW has being held in 2 out of 5 “strong” markets in Miami and Columbus but have failed to sell out. The Royal Rumble 2016 was held in front of a crowd of 15,170 in the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida but this building has a capacity of 17,200 for WWE events. This means in theory, the Royal Rumble 2016 was only 88% to capacity. This Sunday’s edition of Fastlane comes from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio which has a 20-year history of hosting pay-per-view events for the WWE dating back to SummerSlam 1996. The highest attendance for a PPV in this arena came from No Mercy 1999 which achieved an attendance of 18,742. The building has a capacity of approximately 20,000.
This is potentially a worrying situation for the WWE to be in ahead of WrestleMania 32 at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. This building has a design capacity of over 100,000 and it has being made clear that this event needs to sell out. If they want to successfully sell out this building, they really need to build some momentum in the next few weeks in order to captivate the fans imagination to successfully sell out their shows. This could definitely be an interesting time ahead for the WWE Universe…
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