We are exactly four weeks away from WWE’s biggest show of the year, WrestleMania 31, and thousands of seats remain unsold for the event.
WrestleMania takes place this year from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The stadium is home to the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League and seats between 68,500 and 75,000 for football games. WWE typically blocks off several thousand seats for the WrestleMania entrance ramp, though WWE also adds seats on the field itself, so the capacity for WrestleMania 31 will likely be somewhere in the 60,000s.
As of this past week, somewhere between 11,000 and 12,000 seats remained available for purchase. In other words, roughly 20 percent of the WrestleMania 31 tickets haven’t been sold.
Some of the blame for the slow movement of WrestleMania tickets this year resides with the fact that the WWE product just isn’t as hot as it has been in years past. Ten years ago, the thought that 20 percent of the seats for WrestleMania would be unsold just four weeks out from the show would seem unfathomable. However, we now live in an era where not only is the popularity of professional wrestling down, but we are also seeing that several sports franchises and colleges have had a hard time selling high priced tickets to events. With high definition television and surround sound available to so many, getting them to shell out the money and come out and experience the event in person has proved to be more of a challenge in recent years. WrestleMania 31’s tickets are the second most expensive WrestleMania tickets in the last six years.
Another point worth mentioning is that, in the eyes of many fans, this year’s WrestleMania card is weak by WrestleMania standards. Outside of the historic dream match between Triple H and Sting, the rest of the card leaves a lot to be desired. In many ways, it seems like just another show this year. Most of the matches scheduled for the show could easily be part of your average Monday Night RAW broadcast.
Regardless of how many tickets remain for WrestleMania as of press time, it is almost a certainty that WWE will get stadium filled up on the day of the show. After all, this could be the last chance fans have to see Brock Lesnar perform for WWE on the grandest stage of them all.
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