WWE WrestleMania, the biggest event of the World Wrestling Entertainment, will not have a live audience this year. The sports entertainment company made the announcement Monday. They decided to hold the event without fans as a preventive measure against the coronavirus.
WWE scheduled WrestleMania on April 5 at the Raymond James Stadium. Thousands of wrestling fans were eager to watch it live. However, the company changed its plans and will now hold it at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Only authorized personnel will be at the venue.
The news came days after WWE announced it would hold its weekly wrestling event, SmackDown, at the Performance Center. The company coordinated with government officials and local partners about its decision.
WWE WrestleMania without Fans
Wrestling fans consider WrestleMania the Super Bowl of the sport. It attracts fans from all over the planet. Some fans told pay per head sportsbook reporters that they planned their trip to the event a year in advance.
In 2019, more than 82,000 fans from all parts of the globe gathered at the New Jersey stadium for WrestleMania 35. Some top draws for this year’s event are John Cena, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reins, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte, just to name a few.
The WWE canceled the events leading to WrestleMania, including NXT Takeover and the Hall of Fame Ceremony. Some of the inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame this year include Jushin “Thunder” Liger, JBL, The British Bulldog, Nikki and Brie Bella, and Batista. Also, nWo members Hulk Hogan, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall will be part of the class.