For Immediate Release
MORE THAN 125,000 FANS ATTEND WWE® EVENTS IN NEW ORLEANS DURING WRESTLEMANIA® WEEK
STAMFORD, CT - April 9, 2014 - WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that more than 125,000 fans from all 50 states and 37 countries attended WWE events in New Orleans as part of WrestleMania 30 Week.
On Thursday through Sunday, 29,215 fans experienced WWE up close and personal during WrestleMania Axxess at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. On Saturday night, a capacity crowd of 10,855 fans paid tribute to WWE's Legends during the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Smoothie King Center. Sunday night, a sold-out crowd of 75,167 filled the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for WWE's annual pop-culture spectacular, WrestleMania 30. The excitement of WrestleMania Week concluded on Monday night, where WWE returned to a sold-out Smoothie King Center for Monday Night Raw® in front of 13,299 enthusiastic fans.
"On behalf of the city of New Orleans, I would like to thank all of the WWE fans who converged on our beautiful city to be part of WrestleMania," said Stephen Perry, President & CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We hope the fans were able to take in all that New Orleans offers visitors, and we would embrace the opportunity to host a future WrestleMania."
"Our partners in New Orleans were incredible hosts to all our worldwide fans that traveled to be part of WWE's milestone celebration," said John P. Saboor, Executive Vice President of Special Events for WWE. "We are grateful to the entire Local Organizing Committee for rolling out the red carpet to everyone in attendance during WrestleMania Week."
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