By Nicholas Insinga
More than 101,000 fans packed the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday to witness WrestleMania 32, pro wrestling’s biggest event of the year. The gathering broke WWE’s 29-year-old record of 93,173 in 1987 at WrestleMania 3.
This was the fifth largest crowd in AT&T Stadium’s history; the 2010 NBA All-Star game set the record with an attendance of 108,731.
This edition of WrestleMania was a financial bonanza grossing $17.3 million in ticket sale revenue, breaking last year’s record of $12.6 million.
In addition, it is thought that WrestleMania 32 brought in close to $140 million for the Arlington area; the last annual events generated $142 million and $139 million respectively for the New Orleans and Santa Clara areas.
The record setting crowd witnessed an outstanding show that saw the owner’s son, Shane McMahon leap nearly 25 feet off of the Hell in a Cell and through a table on the floor. Legends like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels returned, and to the dismay of many, a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion was crowned, Roman Reigns.
WrestleMania 33 will take place on April 2, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.