WrestleMania 33 weekend (or week, more accurately) rolled into Orlando last Wednesday, and WWE will have a presence through Raw and Smackdown, as well as this week’s NXT tapings, before they get back in the post-WrestleMania swing of things. While they were in town, though, they managed to set some box office and attendance records, thanks to five straight days of sold-out shows.
As The New Day announced during WrestleMania, Sunday night’s event at Camping World Stadium (formerly the Citrus Bowl) set a new attendance record for the venue, with an announced 75,245 fans. It also broke the Citrus Bowl’s box office record (previously set by the Rolling Stones in 2015), as WWE ended up with a $14.5 million gross for the event. WrestleMania had been at the Citrus Bowl once before, in 2008, when they drew 74,635 for Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show and Ric Flair’s retirement match against Shawn Michaels.
Overall, this year’s event is officially the seventh-largest WrestleMania crowd of all time, just edging out WrestleMania XXX at the Superdome (or Silverdome, if you’re Hulk Hogan), which packed in 75,167. Starting with the Hall of Fame on Friday night, NXT TakeOver: Orlando on Saturday, and Raw and Smackdown on Monday and Tuesday, all at the Amway Center, WWE will put on five straight nights of sellouts, which their press release refers to as “unprecedented.”
“WrestleMania Week was a tremendous success for the City of Orlando and it was an honor to host WWE and their fans back in our community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “This is a testament to the investments we’ve made in our community venues that continue to attract these showcase events and solidify Orlando as the nation’s leading sports and entertainment destination.”
“WrestleMania made a triumphant return to Orlando and again broke multiple records,” said WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John Saboor. ”This success would not have been possible without the tireless support of Mayor Dyer, the Local Organizing Committee and all of the public and private sector partners throughout Central Florida. We now turn our attention to New Orleans for our WrestleMania 34 celebration.”