Will WWE Bring Back The Fans in Arena in 2021?

Published 01/11/2021, 11:16 AM EST


WWE moved all its programming into isolation as soon as the news of the pandemic spread. First in the Performance Centre and then in the ThunderDome, WWE maintained a strict no audience policy.

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However, as many sports open their doors to live audiences, professional wrestling is also preparing itself for this slow but drastic transition. Both NXT’s Capitol Wrestling Center and AEW’s Daily’s Place Amphitheater have been hosting limited but live crowds for several months. However, WWE is airing Raw and SmackDown live behind closed doors.

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With fans getting increasingly impatient to attend live shows, some reports shed light on when we can expect WWE to open its doors for spectators. WrestleVote has reported that WWE will stay at Tropicana Field, Florida, for three months before bringing in the live crowd.

“Fans at the Royal Rumble still possible, potentially even at the Trop in Tampa Bay. WWE is hoping to start traditional live arena shows with fans the night after WrestleMania,” wrote WrestleVote.

COLOGNE, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 07: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre during the WWE Live Show at Lanxess Arena on November 7, 2018, in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)

Despite the speculations, WWE will need Florida authority to allow live attendance. After all, the second wave of coronavirus has the potential to change the most detailed of plans.

WWE Royal Rumble won’t have a live crowd

Despite rumors, WWE has no plans of hosting a live audience, at least until the upcoming Royal Rumble in January. Spectrum Sports 360’s Jon Alba reported via the Living The Gimmick Patreon page, I’ve been checking up over the matter over the course of the past few weeks, and basically, and multiple people with knowledge of the situation indicate there are no plans for fans at this stage.”

Alba wrote, “With the Rumble about three weeks away if fans are going to be involved, there would have to be a pretty comprehensive plan.”

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NEW YORK, NY – August 23 : Randy Orton enters the ring at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

He also mentioned there should be a dual method to fulfill the wishes of both live and virtual fans. WWE will have to pay a lot more for that to happen.

Alba also noted that the Raymond Jay Stadium, WrestleMania 37’s venue, will host a limited crowd for Super Bowl LV in February. This makes fans hopeful of a similar arrangement at Mania.

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As the world is opening up to the new normal, we will hopefully get to see WWE hosting a live audience soon.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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