With the monumental announcement over the weekend that this year’s WrestleMania will take place on Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th and will emanate from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, fans have been clamouring for information regarding potential attendance and and ticket information.
With WWE’s official confirmation that WrestleMania 37 would take place at the Raymond James Stadium on April 10th and 11th, a statement regarding ticket availability suggested fan attendance is likely.
“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WWE will announce ticket availability and safety protocols for WrestleMania37 in the coming weeks. Information on additional WrestleMania Week events is forthcoming.”
The show had originally been scheduled as WrestleMania Hollywood, taking place at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on March 28th – but the switch to Florida, which was reported by Inside The Ropes in October, would be confirmed on January 16th by WWE. Tampa, of course, is the current home of WWE, with RAW and SmackDown taking up residency at the WWE ThunderDome inside Tropicana Field. However, WWE’s statement on ticket availability has left many wondering how many real people might be inside the venue.
How many fans could we see attending?
The official capacity of Raymond James Stadium is 65,890. However, it’s obviously pretty much an impossibility at this point that the stadium will be at full capacity.
A couple of interesting notes, though, would be that fans have been attending NFL games at the venue, which plays host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and University of South Florida. The average attendance across the second half of 2020 was 14,483 – which is approximately 22% of the capacity.
The Super Bowl saw a marked rise, with the stadium almost one-third full at 22,000 capacity – a number which included 7,500 vaccinated frontline health care workers. The rest of the stadium was populated with cardboard cut-outs.
Which precautions will be in place?
Last year, Raymond James Stadium was approved for $10.4 million in federal funding. The fan experience at Raymond James Stadium has become completely cashless and contactless – right through from the parking lot, to ticketing, to concessions and merchandise which utilises a smartphone app.
Additionally, even the restrooms are completely touchless with regards to toilets, soap dispencers and faucets, and almost 300 hand sanitizers have been installed throughout the venue, with social distancing measures applied at entry points and on the concourses.
For the Super Bowl, facial coverings were also mandatory for anyone inside the stadium unless eating or drinking, including from the parking lot to entry gates.
Seating arrangements were also in place to maintain social distancing, hence the lower attendance figures with seats blocked off to ensure distancing. Ticketholders for the Super Bowl had to confirm that they’ve not tested positive or been exposed to Covid-19 in the 14 days prior, nor had symptoms 48 hours prior – and have not travelled to any state or international territory subject to quarantine advisories. Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans have had to submit a form ahead of attendance, making a ‘Bucs Fan Promise’ stating the same.
Tickets were distributed in “pods” with each pod spaced six feet apart from the next – while there is also a dedicated isolation area for any fans who feel unwell while in attendance.
“A dedicated isolation area will be available for any fan who begins to feel ill after entering the stadium. The stadium’s on-site medical team will be fully prepared to treat you on-site and provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE), if necessary.”
Up until recently, the stadium had actually been used as a COVID testing site, but that made way ahead of the Super Bowl.
Obviously, precautions may vary from NFL to WWE, but it’s likely there will be many similarities due to the two globally-watched – and usually globally-attended – events sharing a venue. Inside The Ropes will keep you updated with any ticketing information and precautions as and when issued by WWE.
Find out everything you need to know about WrestleMania 37 here.