Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will open at 36% capacity for next month’s edition of the WWE’s WrestleMania event.

The capacity limit will mean that around 25,000 tickets will be made available for each night of the event, which takes place on April 10-11. Almost 25,000 fans attended last month’s Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium, although that figure included 7,500 vaccinated health care workers.

Pre-sale tickets for WrestleMania are available from today (Thursday) before general sale begins tomorrow. Ticket prices will range from $35 (£25.10/€29.35) to $2,000.

COVID-19 protocols at Raymond James Stadium will include mask-wearing, mobile ticketing, seating pods, temperature checks and cashless concessions.

Raymond James Stadium was initially due to host last year’s WrestleMania but the event was moved to Orlando’s WWE Performance Center, with no fans permitted due to COVID-19.

Raymond James Stadium was awarded hosting rights for this year’s event back in January. The new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, which had been due to stage this year’s event, will now host in 2023, while AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, will host the extravaganza in 2022.

Meanwhile in Australia, almost 50,000 spectators were in attendance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) earlier today as the stadium hosted the AFL season opener between Richmond and Carlton.

The attendance of 49,218 marked the biggest crowd in Australia since the onset of the pandemic, slightly edging the 49,155 set during the State of Origin finale at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium in November.

The MCG can seat 100,000 fans and was allowed to open at 50% capacity after the Victorian State Government endorsed the plan last month. Today’s match at the MCG marked the first time that fans had attended an AFL fixture at the venue since the 2019 Grand Final.

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