WrestleMania breaks all-time gate record ahead of SoFi Stadium event

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The WWE wrestling organisation has announced that this year’s WrestleMania at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles has broken the all-time gate record for the event – almost three months before it takes place.

SoFi Stadium, home of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, is due to host WrestleMania 39 on April 1-2. The event has already broken WrestleMania’s previous gate record of $17.3m (£14.2m/€16.1m), which was set in 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

WWE did not reveal the specific figure for this year’s event, but the Los Angeles Times reported that the gate has surpassed $18m. No matches have yet been announced for the SoFi Stadium event, although there are rumours that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will feature.

WWE posted “unprecedented’ ticket sales demand in 2022 as it produced the highest-grossing gates for Royal Rumble, Survivor Series and Extreme Rules. Clash at the Castle at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium was also the highest-grossing UK event in WWE history.

Last year also saw WWE set in-market gate records for SmackDown and Raw events in more than 20 markets, including the December 30 SmackDown, which took place in Tampa and marked the return of John Cena.

Limited single and two-day combo tickets for this year’s WrestleMania can still be purchased via Ticketmaster.

SoFi Stadium was initially awarded hosting rights to the 2021 edition of WrestleMania but the event ended up taking place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The 2022 event was held at AT&T Stadium, while the 2024 edition will head to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The last time Los Angeles hosted WrestleMania was in 2005, when Arena (formerly Staples Center) was the venue.

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