Sunday’s WrestleMania 35 event at MetLife Stadium broke the record for the venue’s highest-grossing entertainment event, it has been announced.

Grossing $16.9m (£12.9m/€15m), the event surpassed the stadium’s previous record of $12.3m, which was set in 2013 at WrestleMania 29. WrestleMania 35 also becomes the second highest-grossing event in WWE history behind WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A sold-out crowd of 82,265 attended the event at MetLife Stadium, which serves as the home of NFL American football teams the New York Jets and New York Giants.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said: “WWE outdid themselves by creating an even more exciting WrestleMania than we experienced six years ago. The WWE Universe helped deliver significant economic results to New Jersey, and we look forward to the opportunity of hosting WrestleMania again in the future.”

WWE executive vice-president of special events John Saboor added: “We are thrilled that WrestleMania’s return to WWE’s ‘front yard’ delivered incredible results. This would not have been possible without the tireless support of Governor Murphy and our public and private sector partners throughout the New York and New Jersey region. We now turn our attention to next year, where WrestleMania will make a historic Tampa Bay debut.”

WrestleMania is an annual event organised by the WWE wrestling organisation. Last year’s event was held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, with the 2020 event scheduled for Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

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