WWE Payback took place this past Saturday at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and once again proved to be a massive success for the company. The event drew a sold-out crowd of 14,584 fans, according to the announcement made by Michael Cole during the show. This impressive turnout solidifies WWE’s ability to consistently attract large audiences to their Premium Live Events.
In order to put the attendance figures into perspective, let’s compare Payback to previous events held at the same venue. The 2014 Royal Rumble boasted an announced attendance of 15,715, while Roadblock: End of The Line in December 2016 drew 15,555 fans. More recently, Extreme Rules 2018 had an announced attendance of 14,738. Despite falling slightly short of these numbers, Payback still managed to pack the arena and create an electric atmosphere.
Leading up to the event, there were reports from WrestleTix that WWE had only 65 Payback tickets available at around 9:25am on Saturday. This indicates that a staggering 12,570 tickets had already been distributed out of the arena’s total capacity of 12,635 seats. As the day progressed, the available seats dwindled even further, reaching a low of 37. However, WWE released Official Platinum tickets and added more seats on the hard-cam side, bringing the total number of distributed tickets to 12,733 on a setup of 12,885 seats by 4:50pm.
Notably, Payback 2023 has now become the highest-grossing WWE event in the history of the company’s presence in Pittsburgh, according to internal reports obtained by Fightful Select. This achievement further highlights the event’s success and the demand for WWE’s brand of professional wrestling in the Steel City.
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