WWE(R)’s WrestleMania(R) 22 Results Live Up To ”Big Time” Theme
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 17, 2006–World Wrestling Entertainment®’s WrestleMania 22 proved to be a global blockbuster success. WWE said preliminary estimates to date of world-wide pay-per-view buys for WrestleMania 22 are more than 925,000, putting the event on track to exceed one million pay-per-view buys for the third straight year. The event broke Allstate Arena box office and merchandise sales records. The release of the WrestleMania 22 DVD on May 23, 2006, will add to that success, as it is likely to become the WWE’s best-selling DVD ever.
“WrestleMania 22 was a big time performance and our fans support was again exceptional,” said Kurt Schneider, Executive Vice President, Marketing. “From pay-per-view buys to live event ticket sales to merchandise purchases to global media coverage, everything for WrestleMania 22 screamed ‘Big Time’ and further cemented the WrestleMania franchise and the WWE brand as perennial favorites in pop culture.”
WrestleMania 22 was seen by millions in more than 90 countries worldwide, and was broadcast live to U.S. troops around the world by the Armed Forces Television Network. More than 17,155 people from 16 countries and 43 states attended Rosemont’s Allstate Arena in Chicago, Ill. to see WrestleMania 22 in person. The $2.5 million in ticket sales made it the highest grossing one-day event in the history of the Allstate Arena. Merchandise sales the day of WrestleMania 22 also established a new record for an event at the Allstate Arena. WWE’s per capita sales of $26.70 at WrestleMania 22 more than doubled the previous Allstate Arena record held by rock band Metallica.
Hundreds of national, local and regional media outlets from around the world – such as Sports Illustrated, ABC News, MTV, CNN, Telemundo, Univision, Tokyo Sports, and Nippon Sports — reported on WrestleMania 22, with media from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan in attendance at the event.
WrestleMania 23 is scheduled for Sunday, April 1, 2007, at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. The return to Detroit will mark the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome, an event that attracted 93,173 fans–believed to be the world indoor attendance record for any sports or entertainment event.
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