When Hulk Hogan famously body slammed Andre the Giant in the main event of WrestleMania 3, over 93,000 fans were in attendance to see the historic moment at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. That has been the largest wrestling crowd for 29 years, but a new record is expected to be set at WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night.
By many standards, Sunday’s pay-per-view is not only the biggest WWE show of 2016, but the biggest in the company’s history. The event has gotten more coverage than ever before, and it could be seen by more people than ever, both in person and on TV.
We won't know an exact figure until Sunday night but the WWE is expecting 100,000 fans at WrestleMania 32; breaking their attendance record.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 2, 2016
WrestleMania 28 holds the record with over 1.2 million PPV buys, and the main event between John Cena and The Rock generated more interest than any match in history. It’s certain that WrestleMania 32 won’t come close to breaking that record, but more fans in total might watch the event because of the WWE Network.
WWE announced that, at the end of 2015, the company had 1.22 million paid subscribers to the network. Subscribers pay $9.99 a month, giving them full access to old PPV’s and new ones, of which there are usually 12 each year, including WrestleMania 32. Plenty of fans who didn’t recently have the WWE Network are expected to watch WrestleMania 32, because new subscribers will get a free month trial, which includes Sunday’s event.
Even with so many WWE subscriptions, WrestleMania 31 still generated 259,000 PPV buys in 2015. WrestleMania 32 is available on PPV for $59.95, and it starts at 7 p.m. ET.
The PPV officially starts at 7 p.m. ET, but WrestleMania 32 actually gets underway an hour earlier. Multiple matches will be on the WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Show, which starts at 6 p.m. ET on USA. The pre-show matches can also be seen with a live stream online below.