Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has today ruled that, in line with the state’s move to Phase 3, sports franchises will no longer need clearance with regards to crowd capacity.
While, short-term, the move means NFL teams like the Miami Dolphins could hypothetically have 65,000 attendees for matches, it also opens the door for WWE and AEW to entertain larger crowds, too.
This isn’t to say we’ll see full capacity shows instantly, but it’s interesting to note that we, at Inside The Ropes, were told last week of WWE’s plans to potentially switch the location for WrestleMania 37 from the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California to the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
This report was later corroborated by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, among others.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has given the Miami Dolphins full clearance to run with 65,000 fans at their stadium.
If WrestleMania were to move to Raymond James Stadium, this would indicate #WWE could probably do the same.
That doesn't mean it SHOULD. But it likely COULD.
— Jon Alba (@JonAlba) October 7, 2020
Jon Alba, of Spectrum Sports 360, has reported today that the announcement from DeSantis could open the door for WWE to have a capacity crowd at WrestleMania next year, adding a statement he received from an official at Governor Ron DeSantis’ office, stating that sports franchises no longer require clearance from the state regarding live crowds.
“Sports franchises can do as they please, they don’t need clearance from the state.” – An official from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office tells Jon Alba.
Short-term, we also reported on WWE’s tentative plans to move from their residency at the Amway Center, with the company’s initial contract with the venue set to expire at the end of the month.
It’s worth noting that AEW have also been running from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida, which is connected to the TIAA Bank Field. The new legislation would also open the door for larger crowds to attend WWE and AEW’s weekly live shows – if the companies so choose to do so.
We’ll keep you updated with any further news that emerges from Florida, and from either WWE or AEW, regarding a potential increase in crowd numbers.