The Royal Rumble is one of WWE’s biggest pay-per-view events each year. In fact, it is part of WWE’s “Big 4” events along with SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and WrestleMania. This past Sunday, we saw the latest installment of the Royal Rumble held in the city of brotherly love-Philadelphia. However, this year’s edition saw the January event held in a standard arena just like shows such as RAW, Smackdown, and most PPV events.
WWE recently announced that the 2019 Royal Rumble will be held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Chase Field is home to Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks and holds a capacity of roughly 48,000 for its baseball games. This will mark the second time within three years and fourth time overall that the Royal Rumble event will be held in a non-traditional arena.
In 2017, WWE broke the trend of non-WrestleMania PPV events being held in traditional basketball arenas. The 2017 Royal Rumble was held in the Alamodome which saw 52,020 fans pack into the San Antonio stadium. Twenty years earlier, the 1997 event saw 60,000 in attendance in the exact same venue. This is a huge difference from the usual 15,000-20,000 that WWE can fit in a standard arena for their events. With Chase Field’s 48,000 baseball capacity, WWE can reasonably stretch into the low to mid 50,000s with next year’s Royal Rumble. The Royal Rumble has proven that it can draw large crowds following closely behind the crowd capacity of WWE’s grandest stage-WrestleMania.