Pro wrestling has come a long way since being in smoky bingo halls and high schools. Every week the WWE puts on shows in 20,000 seat arenas all over the world that are usually homes to pro sports teams.
Every year, the company puts on their biggest show of the year, WrestleMania, in late March or early April and it’s now become a process to see what stadium gets to host the event.
Starting in 1985 at the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena,’ Madison Square Garden, the company has looked to make WrestleMania into an event that fans simply can’t miss. Starting with WrestleMania 23 in 2007, Mania has been held in a huge stadium,and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.
Today we look back at crowds, big crowds, and the millions that have attended WrestleMania. Sit back and enjoy our “Top 15 WrestleMania’s with the Highest Attendance."
All attendance numbers are taken from ProWrestling.About.com
15 WrestleMania V, Trump Plaza – Atlantic City, NJ (20,369)
14 WrestleMania XIX, Safeco Field – Seattle, WA (54,097)
13 WrestleMania VIII, Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN (62,167)
12 WrestleMania VI, Skydome – Toronto, ON (67,678)
11 WrestleMania X-Seven, Reliant Astrodome – Houston, TX (67,925)
10 WrestleMania X8, Skydome – Toronto, ON (68,237)
9 WrestleMania XXVII, Georgia Dome – Atlanta, GA (71,617)
8 WrestleMania XXVI, University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ (72,219)
7 WrestleMania XXV, Reliant Stadium – Houston, TX (72,744)
6 WrestleMania XXIV, Citrus Bowl – Orlando, FL (74,635)
5 WrestleMania XXX, Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA (75,167)
4 WrestleMania XXVIII, Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FL (78,363)
3 WrestleMania 23, Ford Field – Detroit, MI (80,103)
2 WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ (80,676)
1 WrestleMania III, Silverdome - Pontiac, MI (93,173)
Despite being just the third WrestleMania, this is still the biggest one of all-time, as over 93,000 fans packed into the home of the Detroit Lions to see two of the all-time greats do battle for the WWE Championship. Hulk Hogan against Andre the Giant in a match that fans could only have dreamed of. With Andre towards the end of his historic career, it was time to pass the torch, and Hogan’s body slam of the over 500-pound giant remains a historical moment. To boot, the fans were treated to the five-star match for the IC belt between Ricky ‘the Dragon’ Steamboat and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, that many fans and wrestling historians believe is one of the great matches of all-time.
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