WWE sets WrestleMania attendance record

Marcus Vanderberg

ARLINGTON, Texas — World Wrestling Entertainment announced a crowd of 101,763 fans at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, setting a new WrestleMania attendance record.

The previous record was 93,173 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania III on March 29, 1987, headlined by Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.

The WWE also announced that WrestleMania 32 was the highest-grossing live event in company history, taking in $17.3 million. The previous record was $12.6 million, set at WrestleMania 31 last year at Levi’s Stadium.

“On behalf of the Dallas Cowboys organization, we congratulate the WWE on their historic achievement,” said Dallas Cowboys chief brand officer Charlotte Jones Anderson in a statement. “WrestleMania was an incredible spectacle like none other, and we look forward to hosting it again at AT&T Stadium.”

“We are thrilled that we made history tonight at WrestleMania, further cementing its place as one of the top sports and entertainment events in the world,” said WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon. “We thank our fans, the Dallas Cowboys, and the entire Jones family for their overwhelming support.”

The 101,763 was shy of the 108,713 fans that packed AT&T Stadium for the 2010 NBA All-Star game.