AEW President Tony Khan recently spoke about bringing AEW fans back to watch live events during the AEW Unrestricted podcast. He also spoke about AEW All Out and bringing back AEW live events, which stopped taking place after the pandemic.
AEW is still selling tickets to a very small number of fans. Fans could come into Daily’s Place at 10% capacity. However, Khan revealed that All Out and future AEW events will have a larger capacity percentage.
Tony Khan on Live Fans Returning to AEW Live Events
"We've been slowly taking steps towards it for a while now.
We've been encouraging fans to watch on television while we've been trying to get ready for a return in a very first step kind of a way," Khan said. "What we've done is not anything close to the old experience in arenas, but it's also a great experience for the small number of fans who are able to come, and it's completely safe.
What we're doing is in an outdoor space. We're operating at 10% capacity for our first event, and we're aiming to get up to 15% capacity going forward. "And in an outdoor space, operating at that kind of capacity, we're looking at crowds of about, in amphitheater setup of over 5,000, we're looking at maybe 700-800 max.
Our first show, we did 500 people, and it was really nice. It was a great atmosphere, and it was the biggest crowd anybody's seen for a live wrestling show in a long time. And I think for All Out, we're expecting slightly more, and I think we're going to hit on 12-13% capacity with paid fans which is really a step in the right direction.
Frankly, compared to what we were at, 700 fans could feel like 7,000." AEW talents really welcomed the return of fans. Khan also revealed that Chris Jericho’s 30-year anniversary will coincide with AEW Dynamite’s one-year anniversary.
Jericho also stated that the return of the fans was one of the greatest moments of his career. "Immediately, when they heard 'Judas', when they heard Chris Jericho coming out and they sang the song, you could tell it was going to be a great night, and the look on Chris's face was really special because Chris has been in the wrestling business now, we're going very close to Chris's 30-year anniversary in the wrestling business," Tony Khan noted.
"Chris's first match in the wrestling business was actually 29 years to the day of the debut of AEW Dynamite on TNT. Chris' 30-year anniversary is our one-year anniversary coming up. So that's pretty cool. So Chris is going on 30 years in the business and said that was one of the greatest moments in his storybook career, the return of the fans."