August 19, 2023
WWE's marquee event Wrestlemania 40, is headed to Philadelphia next April. Tickets for the two-day spectacle at Lincoln Financial Field surpassed the all-time gate record for money brought in off ticket sales, Darren Rovell of Action Network reported.
Although WWE, which confirmed over 90,000 tickets were sold, did not disclose how much money it made for events on April 6 and 7th, it surpassed the $21.5 million record set in Los Angeles for Wrestlemania 39, according to Philadelphia Business Journal. WWE also set a new record for tickets sold on Friday's first day of sales.
JUST IN: WrestleMania 40 went on sale today and has already broken @wwe’s all-time gate record ($21.5M at WrestleMania 39 in LA).— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 18, 2023
More than 90,000 tickets sold so far to the two-day event at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in April 2024.
On a press tour this week leading up to tickets on sale, WWE wrestler Cody Rhodes said that a trip to Philadelphia in 2013 made him believe in Philly magic.
"I was here in 2013 at Wells Fargo, and (Philadelphia fans) just jumped on board. And it was legit a lightening in the bottle moment where that became my favorite arena," said Rhodes. "I don't know if I earned their respect or if it was just some Philly magic," Rhodes told 6ABC.
This year, WWE's primetime event generated $215 million in economic impact for the Los Angeles region. Since 2016 there has been more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, WWE reported.
In 1999 Philadelphia hosted Wrestlemania at the Wells Fargo Center, which was the First Union Center at the time, with a crowd of 20,276 and reported gross ticket sales of $1,437,050.
The cheapest two-day ticket at Wrestlemania is $610 on the secondary ticket website Stubhub. A ticket for day 1 is $199, and for day two, it is $207.