DETROIT, April 1 /CNW/ - World Wrestling Entertainment(R) set an all-time
attendance record at Ford Field tonight, as 80,103 ecstatic fans shared in the
excitement of WrestleMania 23, WWE(R)'s annual pop culture spectacular. Fans
packed Ford Field from ringside to the rafters, including thousands with
standing room only tickets.
WrestleMania 23 is the highest grossing one-day live event in WWE
history, grossing more than $5.38 million in ticket sales.
Fans converged on Detroit from 24 countries, all 50 states and 9 Canadian
provinces, pumping an estimated $25 million into the local economy.
This marks the second time World Wrestling Entertainment has established
an attendance record in Detroit. In 1987, at WrestleMania III, 93,173 fans
filled the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., setting the all-time indoor
"Who says lightning doesn't strike twice," said Kurt Schneider, Executive
Vice President of Marketing. "Ford Field shook to the very core of its
foundation with the thunderous noise from the record-setting crowd. The
support of our fans in Detroit and around the world made WrestleMania 23 a
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