WWE has announced that in 2019 the Royal Rumble will take place at Chase Field, the home of the baseball team the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This weekend is one of the biggest in the pro wrestling calendar. On Sunday night, the Royal Rumble will take place, and it will be the biggest show in the event's 30-year history. For the first time ever, there will be not one, but two Royal Rumble matches, one for the men and also one to decide which woman will be challenging for a championship at WrestleMania.
The event will take place in Philadelphia and you can rest assured that there will be a rowdy crowd in attendance. The last time a Royal Rumble took place in Philly, things didn't pan out so well. It was three years ago and Roman Reigns won the match, booking himself a place in the main event at WrestleMania. The dedicated Philadelphia fans reacted poorly to the win so, hopefully, The Big Dog won't be winning it again this Sunday. Don't rule it out though.
Even though the 2018 Royal Rumble hasn't taken place yet, WWE has already announced where the 2019 installment of the pay-per-view will be taking place, in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will take place at Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Not only will it mark the first time WWE has ever staged an event at Chase Field, but it will also be the first time the Royal Rumble has taken place inside a baseball stadium.
Chase Field has an impressive capacity and can fit almost 50,000 fans. Normally WrestleMania is the only show on WWE's calendar that is afforded a stage of that size, but the Royal Rumble proved it can fill a stadium that size. Just last year, the Rumble was held inside San Antonio's Alamodome which can hold up to 60,000 fans for wrestling events.
WWE's Royal Rumble 2019 announcement is a statement of intent that they intend to continue growing all of their big events, not just WrestleMania. Not too long ago, Money In The Bank was added to the list of pay-per-views that will be dual-branded shows and will join the other four that have entire weekends dedicated to them. Maybe in a few years time, all of the big five will be taking place inside stadiums instead of arenas.