WWE CBO, Stephanie McMahon recently spoke to Bloomberg Business in Sports about holding WrestleMania 37 in front of a live crowd. She stated that WWE is going to take lessons from tHe Super Bowl. WrestleMania 37 will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
“We are grateful to be following in the Super Bowl’s footsteps,” said Stephanie. “In terms of the stadium itself, we worked with all the local organizing, commissions, sports authorities, the mayor’s office, to develop the best plan we could.
“We’re going to be providing masks, the same way the NFL did. All the health and temperature screenings. We’re going to have a similar capacity for both nights, though the scaling will be different because we can have people on the floor”.
Stephanie McMahon on Holding WrestleMania 37 in Front of A Live Crowd
WWE now has a deal with the streaming service Peacock. This will be WWE’s first major deal with a streaming service. Stephanie McMahon was asked whether or not this deal would affect how WWE broadcasts RAW, Smackdown and NXT.
“Monday Night RAW will still be on USA Network. It’s still live, every Monday Night night, 8 to 11,” Stephanie confirmed. “NXT is newer to the USA, but it’s live every Wednesday 8 to 10. And Smackdown is still on Fox, live every Friday, 8 to 10.
“So our core flagship programming is still with our partners. And our pay-per-views and all our shoulder content are now living on Peacock”. Then Stephanie answered how WWE is tackling the various economic challenges.
Due to the pandemic, WWE could not hold live shows. “Of course we always want to drive the best economics we can for WWE and our shareholders,” Stephanie McMahon said. “But certainly this deal with Peacock is great for us financially.
And we have a number of different initiatives and partnerships we’ll be rolling out. But we really do need to get our fans back to our events. That’s critical to our ongoing success. We talk about the effects of the pandemic, a lot that we’re feeling in 2021 as opposed to 2020.
We have a lot of offset costs because we were producing out of the Performance Center for so long. So yeah; we really need to get our fans back to our shows”.