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WrestleMania 32

WrestleMania Attendance

I’ve heard a lot on these airwaves and social media about WWE’s attendance claims for Wrestlemania. I worked in pro sports, specifically sales & marketing, for seven years, so I wanted to give you some insight into that process. Honestly, WWE is not as nefarious as you may think.

When it comes to announcing attendance, there’s three numbers to consider: tickets distributed (sold/comped), announced attendance, and actual attendance (people that actually came through the turnstiles). For the books, you always go by the tickets distributed because that’s actual revenue. For what you announce, it really depends on the optics of how many people came in, and your organization/team’s philosophy.

Often, our team would announce a sellout when we were generally within 100 or so tickets of actually selling out with the majority of those left being single seats. There were other times that we were close but due to weather or another factor, it would look foolish to announce a sellout because of how it looked. We went on a game-by-game basis and adjusted accordingly.

We weren’t trying to deceive anyone, but be as accurate as we could while also helping to create a perception of a hot ticket. Every team does that -- just look at the longest sellout streaks in sports and you’ll find plenty of “No way!” moments among those games for attendance.

With WWE, they always catch hell for announcing a number that is ridiculously out of whack with actual attendance. In the case of this past weekend, a bump of 4000 when you’re talking about the difference between 97,769 and 101,763 doesn’t seem that outlandish to me, and is honestly a much smaller gap than what I expected. Their philosophy is to create a perception that they draw record crowds for Wrestlemania every year, even if their distributed number says otherwise.

It’s not illegal, and is just what they determined is best for their business. There are bigger things to be worked up about. 

[Josh Nason]

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Texas Monthly looks at the troubles and issues with people trying to enter AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Apparently, this isn’t the first time the stadium had issues of that sort, though WrestleMania may have been the worst. According to the article, WWE and stadium officials blamed increased security measures for all the delays and congestion. The article notes word spread amongst fans that issues with WIFI related to scanning tickets were to blame. The reporter noted the irony of WIFI issues at a stadium with the corporate name of a telecommunications giant. One tweet shared in the article shows a video of fans chanting angrily packed in a corridor seemingly near their breaking point. The inflated attendance figure is also reported as fact for what it is worth. It also quotes an article from Deadspin.

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