How Much Money WWE – and Tampa Bay – Lost When WrestleMania 36 Was Moved

”There may be some other business that gets saved by going on with WrestleMania on the scheduled date,“ Brandon Thurston of WrestleNomics tells TheWrap

When Vince McMahon elected to move WrestleMania 36 from Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium to Orlando’s empty WWE Performance Center amid the coronavirus pandemic, he didn’t just lose a live audience — he lost money. And though WWE is missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue, Tampa and its surrounding area must forgo exponentially more.

Last year, WrestleMania 35 sold out at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium and drew $16.9 million at the gate, according to WWE. Only WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas out-grossed WrestleMania 35, the sports entertainment giant said.

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Tony Maglio

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