TAMPA — Next month’s WrestleMania event at Raymond James Stadium will be held at 36-percent capacity to adhere to health and safety guidelines.
Approximately 25,000 seats will be made available for each night of the April 10-11 event, which has been spread over two nights to allow more fans to attend. In a normal year, Raymond James would be able to hold a maximum of 70,000 fans for WrestleMania, counting floor seating.
WWE has been working with local partners and government officials regarding safety protocols. Capacity for the event will be nearly the same as for last month’s Super Bowl, which was held at 38-percent capacity, though that crowd included 7,500 vaccinated health care workers.
Health and safety protocols at WrestleMania will be similar to those enacted at the Super Bowl, including seating pods, social-distancing, required mask-wearing, temperature checks, health screenings, cashless concessions and mobile ticketing. Free masks will be given upon entry.
The ticket launch planned for Tuesday was delayed as organizers ironed out final plans for the event. Tickets now will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Fans interested in a presale starting Thursday at 10 a.m. can register at www.wrestlemania.com/presale.
Prices range from $35-$2,500. Two-day packages will be available.
Unconfirmed reports surfaced last week that WWE was working to fill Raymond James to 75 percent of its capacity for WrestleMania.
As the coronavirus vaccine rolls out, teams are reopening their venues and expanding their seating capacities. On Monday, UFC president Dana White announced that the UFC 261 event next month at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville will be open to a full-capacity crowd of 15,000.
The Bucs played their home games at Raymond James to 25-percent capacity. The Lightning this month opened Amalie Arena to a maximum of 3,800 fans per game, 20 percent of its hockey capacity. The Rays plan to allow 9,000 fans at Tropicana Field, reopening the upper deck to allow for better social-distancing.
The WWE awarded this year’s WrestleMania to Tampa after last year’s event was relocated to a closed set at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando because of the pandemic.
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