It started with a sold out crowd on March 31st, 1985 at Madison Square Garden in New York, the world’s most famous arena.
Since then, WrestleMania has been all over the United States and twice to Canada, in the city of Toronto, Ontario.
Since only going to stadiums after WrestleMania 22 in 2006, the WWE’s biggest event has gotten bigger and bigger every year. Twice in the last eight WrestleManias, the event has drawn over 80,000 and the other six times the event has seen at least 71,000 fans on hand.
There’s been plenty of memorable crowds at WrestleMania over the last 30 years, as while it’s known for being the biggest event of the year, it’s usually known for having the biggest and best crowds as well.
Die-hard fans from all over the world come to WrestleMania and it’s never a surprise when a wrestler’s career is defined by a crowd and moment at WrestleMania.
As far as those crowds go, some have in some years have taken the event from good to epic, and today we will rate those crowds as we look back at the best 15 WrestleMania crowds in history.
Attendance figures are taken from ProWrestling.About.com.
15 WrestleMania V - Atlantic City, NJ (20,369)
14 WrestleMania 13 - Rosemont, IL (18,211)
13 WrestleMania XXIV - Orlando, FL (74,635)
12 WrestleMania 2000 - Anaheim, CA (18,742)
11 WrestleMania XX - New York City, NY (18,500)
10 WrestleMania 29 - East Rutherford, NJ (80,676)
9 WrestleMania 21 - Los Angeles, CA (20,193)
8 WrestleMania XXV - Houston, TX (72,744)
7 WrestleMania I - New York City, NY (19,121)
6 WrestleMania 23 - Detroit, MI (80,109)
5 WrestleMania XV - Philadelphia, PA (19,514)
4 WrestleMania XXX - New Orleans, LA (75,167)
3 WrestleMania XIV - Boston, MA (19,028)
2 WrestleMania X8 - Toronto, Ontario (68,237)
1 WrestleMania III - Pontiac, MI (93,173)
The largest crowd in history for a WWE event remains the best crowd in wrestling history. 93,173 (the longtime rumor was it was more like 80,000) people buying into one match, between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, was incredible. That wasn’t the only match that got an insane reaction from the crowd. There was Roddy Piper’s retirement match against Adrian Adonis, Danny Davis’ first in-ring match, and of course the legendary match between Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat. There was something special about that crowd and the fact they hung in for the Hogan-Andre match after three long hours of matches says something. It’s a crowd that will be very tough to beat as the best of all-time in wrestling.
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