2002 News

WrestleMania X8 Sets Revenue, Attendance Records
Mar 17, 2002
TORONTO, ONTARIO, March 17, 2002 - WWE Entertainment, Inc. announced today that WrestleMania®X8 at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada, is the highest grossing live event in the company’s history. The event shattered SkyDome live attendance and box office records. 

Officials announced record-breaking attendance for SkyDome of 68,237, resulting in gross receipts of approximately CDN$6.1 million (US$3.9 million). Fan and corporate sponsor support was tremendous, particularly from sponsors Pizza Pizza, Playstation and Sour Skittles. More than 100,000 fans attended WrestleManiaâX8 and its three-day fan festival, FAN AXXESSTM, which preceded the event. The fan fest was held at the Automotive Building at The National Trade Centre at Exhibition Place. Through the generosity of WWE fans, the Toronto Sun, Home Game, Wal-Mart and WWE, more than CDN$90,000 was raised over the four-day event for Canadian Special Olympics and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

“WWE thanks the city of Toronto and its citizens for their support and hospitality,” said Linda McMahon, CEO of WWE. “Most of all, we thank our fans who came from all around the world to attend our FAN AXXESSTM festival and WrestleManiaâX8. The continued loyalty of our fans is tremendous and deeply appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed presenting these events, and we hope that all who attended or watched on pay-per-view had a tremendous time.” 

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