It has been reported by the reliable WrestleVotes that WWE are internally pushing for a decision on whether fans can be permitted for the 2021 Royal Rumble at Tropicana Field.
According to the tweet which was released on their social media platform, WrestleVotes state that WWE have given a deadline of January 7 for the decision to be made but as of now, it said that the odds are 50/50 with the speculated date for the event penciled in for January 31.
The given deadline will give the company time to promote the event as having a live audience and sell tickets to those permitted in advance.
Internally, WWE is said to want a decision on whether fans are permitted for the Royal Rumble by January 7th w/ a possible announcement of sorts coming that weekend. Source states odds are 50/50 right now. Important month ahead.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) December 1, 2020
A live audience at next year’s Royal Rumble has been the plan for several weeks now and was first mentioned by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter when it was reported WWE were moving their ThunderDome to a larger venue.
When Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida was decided upon, speculation went into overdrive thanks to the stadium’s forty thousand plus capacity which, if an audience is permitted, will provide enough space for social distancing with all of the the relevant safety measures in place.
WWE will want to include fans in the 2021 Royal Rumble as the pop of returning stars and the eventual winner just wouldn’t feel the same with piped-in crowd noise. This will be especially beneficial should the winner be a new up and coming singles star such as Big E.
It was reported recently that Tropicana Field had been invaded by a flock of pigeons who had taken root in the rafters of the building.
Inside the Ropes will keep you up to date with all the news regarding a live audience attending the Royal Rumble.