WrestleMania 31 Is Now The Highest Grossing Live Event In WWE History
WOOO – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania 31 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the attendance record for Levi’s Stadium. WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $12.6 million, as 76,976 fans from all 50 states and 40 countries converged on the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
The previous attendance record for Levi’s Stadium was 70,799, and WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium in 2013 held WWE’s prior record for gross revenue at $12.3 million.
“On behalf of the cities of Santa Clara and San Jose, we would like to thank all the fans that came from around the world to be part of WrestleMania 31,” said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. “We congratulate both WWE and Levi’s Stadium on their historic achievement.”
“We are thrilled that WrestleMania 31 has set the standard for all future events held at Levi’s Stadium. None of this success would have been possible without the support of Mayor Matthews, Mayor Liccardo and the San Francisco 49ers, as well as our public and private sector partners that worked tirelessly to support all of our regional WrestleMania Week activities,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. “We now turn our attention to the Dallas/Arlington region for what will surely be a historic WrestleMania 32.”
What a week for Vince and the WWE. They end last Monday’s Raw horribly with little hype for the main event of their biggest show of the year, then less than 24 hours later Brock Lesnar is on Sportscenter announcing he’s re-signed and everyone got jacked up because now the main event had a little more mystique to it. Then last night happened. As Vince Russo, one of WWE’s toughest critics, put it on Twitter: the WWE entertained you last night. You might not have agreed with the outcomes of all the matches, but if you weren’t entertained by WrestleMania 31 then you probably shouldn’t be watching wrestling. A four hour show is bound to lag here and there, but I can’t remember a time last night where I was watching the show and didn’t think it was the coolest thing in the world. I would have rather had Mizdow win the Battle Royal and Wyatt beat The Undertaker, but you can’t win them all. The entrances, the production, the match quality and the effort put into that show were amazing. This record will probably be broken in Dallas next year since they can fit another 30,000 people into Cowboys Stadium, but Vince and the WWE deserve a ton of credit for the show they put on last night. It’s a great day to be a wrestling fan.