Top seven WrestleMania events with the largest audience in attendance

WrestleMania has long stood as the pinnacle of sports entertainment, a global phenomenon that annually draws fans from every corner of the world. Since its inception in 1985, WrestleMania has not only been the flagship event for WWE but also a cultural festival celebrating the vibrant world of professional wrestling.

Over the years, certain editions of WrestleMania have set remarkable attendance records, turning these events into legendary showcases that fans reminisce about for years to come. These gatherings are not just about the matches but also a testament to the enduring appeal of WWE’s storytelling and spectacle.

Let’s delve into the top seven WrestleMania events that have captivated the largest audiences as of April 2024 before WrestleMania XL.

WrestleMania 39

WWE reported that 161,892 people attended WrestleMania 39 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California in April 2023, breaking the previous record for live-attendance at the venue. WWE announced that 80,497 people attended the first night, and 81,395 attended the second night.

WrestleMania 38

WrestleMania 38, held on April 2–3, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, had 156,352 fans across both nights, according to WWE. This broke the previous record for attendance and gate numbers set by WrestleMania 32 in 2016. Night one had 65,719 fans, and night two had 65,653, for a total of 131,372 fans.

WrestleMania 32

According to WWE, WrestleMania 32 had an attendance of 101,763, which is the highest attendance for a major single pro wrestling show. Held at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this event featured memorable matches like Shane McMahon versus The Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell match and Triple H defending the WWE Championship against Roman Reigns. The sheer volume of attendees set a new benchmark for future WrestleManias.

WrestleMania III

Coming in at second place is WrestleMania III, which pulled in 93,173 spectators at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. This event is often cited as a pinnacle moment in the 1980s wrestling boom, headlined by the iconic match between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant. WrestleMania III’s success was pivotal, grossing significant ticket sales and pay-per-view revenue.

WrestleMania 35

WrestleMania 35 marked a historic moment for WWE by featuring the first-ever women’s main event in WrestleMania history, drawing 82,265 fans to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Charlotte Flair faced off in a “Winner Takes All” match for both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships, with Becky Lynch emerging victorious. This event underscored WWE’s commitment to elevating women’s wrestling to the forefront.

WrestleMania 29

With an attendance of 80,676, WrestleMania 29 is the fourth largest. Hosted at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, it featured a highly anticipated rematch between John Cena and The Rock, where Cena reclaimed the WWE Championship. The event also included other high-profile matches, contributing to its commercial success.

WrestleMania 23

Rounding out the top five is WrestleMania 23, with an attendance of 80,103 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. This event is well-remembered for the “Battle of the Billionaires” Hair vs. Hair match, with Vince McMahon’s representative, Umaga, facing off against Donald Trump’s representative, Bobby Lashley. The event was a homecoming, celebrating 20 years since WrestleMania III’s massive success in Michigan.

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