The show also drew the second largest crowd in WWE history with 80,676 fans, second to WrestleMania 3 which drew 93,173 to the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan on March 29, 1987.
The full press release is below.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. : WrestleMania® Shatters Records
WWE® (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania 29 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the record for MetLife Stadium’s highest grossing entertainment event. WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza grossed $12.3 million, as 80,676 fans from all 50 states and 34 countries converged on MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The event is broadcast around the world on pay-per-view in more than 100 countries and 20 languages.
WWE(R) (NYSE: WWE) announced tonight that WrestleMania 29 became the highest grossing live event in its history and broke the record for MetLife Stadium’s highest grossing entertainment event. (Photo: Business Wire)
The previous MetLife Stadium record for an entertainment event’s gross revenue was a U2 concert on July 20, 2011, which grossed $8.9 million. This is the fourth consecutive year that WWE broke the host venue’s record for the highest-grossing entertainment event.
“On behalf of the great state of New Jersey, I want to thank all of the fans that came from around the world to beautiful MetLife Stadium for WrestleMania 29,” said New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie. “WWE put on a show like no other and electrified the capacity crowd.”
“WrestleMania came home and had an incredible impact on the entire New York/New Jersey region,” said John P. Saboor, Senior Vice President of Special Events, WWE. “We want to thank our fans as well as our public and private sector partners for their support. We now turn our attention to the Big Easy for next year’s historic 30th anniversary of WrestleMania.”
WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. Ticket information will be announced later this year.
Top Five All-Time Attendance Records at WrestleMania:
1. 93,173: WrestleMania 3, Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, March 29, 1987
2. 80,676: WrestleMania 29, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, April 7, 2013
3. 80,103: WrestleMania 23, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, April 1, 2007
4. 78,363: WrestleMania 28, Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida, April 1, 2012
5. 74,635: WrestleMania 24, Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida, March 30, 2008