, and they’ll say 2016’s WrestleMania 32, with 101,763 people in AT&T Stadium that day. In second place is WrestleMania III, an almost mythic event in 1987 boasting 93,173 strong in the Pontiac Silverdome. Ask the sleuths of the internet, and the true winner is less clear.
About a year after WrestleMania 32, Fightful.com contacted the police department in Arlington, Texas, where the supposed record-breaking event took place, and they said that fans went through the turnstiles that day. WWE, by their own admission, drummed up the attendance figure by including event staff (and there’s even question as to whether that would have gotten it to 101,763). WWE has a habit of exaggerating numbers—WrestleMania III’s figure is similarly questionable, with the most widespread rumor putting attendance at a mere , but more optimistic (and thoroughly reasoned) estimates putting it in the high 80,000s.
So, if we’re going by WWE’s numbers, WrestleMania 32 had the highest attendance. Going by subsequent reporting, it’s less clear. And that, my friend, is professional wrestling.