WWE is reportedly planning to have fans in attendance for SummerSlam this year following the success of WrestleMania in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
On both nights of the two-night spectacular, WWE sold a limited number of tickets. This was to ensure fans could attend in a safe and socially distant manner. With an estimated potential attendance of 75,000 fans under normal conditions for WWE in the stadium. Tickets were capped with just over 25,000 available for each night. Both Saturday and Sunday achieved sell-outs with 25,675 fans officially attending both nights of WrestleMania.
WWE said of that success:
“For the second consecutive night, a sell-out of 25,675 fans attended WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL with millions more watching at home on Peacock in the U.S. and on WWE Network around the world. Two sell outs with a combined 51,350 fans attended both nights of WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium.”
“Adhering to local health guidelines, a limited number of tickets were sold for both nights of WrestleMania, with all in attendance seated in socially-distanced pods. Additional safety measures included health screenings and temperature checks prior to entry into Raymond James Stadium, mask requirements, social distancing, mobile ticketing, cashless concessions and enhanced sanitization throughout the venue.”
A new report from Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated indicates that WWE could be ready to repeat the feat at SummerSlam. The August event could have fans in attendance with SI reporting that WWE sources have confirmed that’s the plan.
Prior to WrestleMania, the 9th of March 2020 was the last time WWE had fans in attendance. Raw and SmackDown have since made their home in the impressive WWE ThunderDome. While NXT has emanated from the Capitol Wrestling Center.
‘The Biggest Party Of The Summer’ was held in 2020 at the WWE ThunderDome in front of no fans. The main event saw The Fiend defeat Braun Strowman for the WWE Universal Championship. Following that match, Roman Reigns made his return to WWE after several months by attacking both men.