(UPDATE 4/13/15) The Royal Rumble has become one of the most popular events on the wrestling calendar, and the 2016 edition has found a home. PW Insider is reporting that the 2016 Royal Rumble will be held at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida on January 24, 2016. On the heels of the unprecedented demand for Royal Rumble tickets in 2015, 2016 could also see high prices on the secondary market.
2015’s Royal Rumble in Philadelphia held the highest average price TicketIQ has tracked for a WWE event since 2010. Royal Rumble tickets held a $518.86 average price with a get-in price of $240. While no other event had ever been that expensive, high demand for the Royal Rumble was not a one year aberration. In 2014, when the event was held at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, the average secondary market price was $419.65 with a get-in price of $176.
There is plenty of time during the professional wrestling schedule before things start to focus on the Royal Rumble. With a move away from Pennsylvania, it will be interesting to see if prices for Royal Rumble tickets continue their upward trend, or drop back down towards the $228.02 average at the then-US Airways Center in Phoenix during 2013.
2015 WWE Royal Rumble Tickets 17% More Expensive Than Wrestlemania XXXI
The 2015 Royal Rumble is just over a week away and ticket prices are still high on the secondary market. Prices have dropped slightly from its peak of $559.08, but that is also due to a limited quantity to tickets now available. Heading into the weekend, less than 1,000 tickets remain on the secondary market. The average price for Royal Rumble tickets is currently $495.94 with a get-in price of $247. Even as the price has dropped, it remains the most expensive WWE event over the past five years.
As the event gets closer, more names have been revealed to be involved in the titular match. Below are the confirmed participants. As of now, only nine participants have been announced, leaving 21 open spots in the match.
- Roman Reigns
- Daniel Bryan
- Bray Wyatt
- Dean Ambrose
- Big Show
As one of the biggest events in professional wrestling and the kickoff to WrestleMania season, the Royal Rumble is always a highly demanded event for wrestling fans. This year will be no different as the annual event sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. With the event sold out on the primary market, secondary market Royal Rumble tickets have been among the most expensive for the year in WWE.
The current average price for Royal Rumble tickets is $412.65 on the secondary market with a $129 get-in price. That’s 18.7% above the current average price for WrestleMania XXXI tickets, which have a secondary market average of $347.41. However, with WrestleMania being held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the amount of tickets available for WrestleMania is significantly higher than what’s available at Wells Fargo Arena.
2014 Royal Rumble
As January rolls along, the biggest stretch of events in professional wrestling beings. The Road to Wrestlemania is the most exciting time for WWE and its fans as the buildup starts to the biggest wrestling event of the year. Last year’s stretch from January to April saw the returns of big stars like Brock Lesnar, The Rock and The Undertaker. This year is sure to be similar in big name returns with Batista already scheduled to return at the end of January before the Royal Rumble.
The Rumble is the first big event of the wrestling year, officially kicking off the Road to Wrestlemania. In the past, the winner of the Royal Rumble could choose which major champion to face at Wrestlemania, but with one WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the winner this year should be guaranteed a spot against the champion in the main event of Wrestlemania. The event this year will have a title match of Randy Orton vs John Cena for that WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Rumble match itself is one of the most exciting and entertaining matches in WWE featuring 30 superstars in a battle that usually lasts around an hour and a half. This year’s pay-per-view takes place January 26 in Pittsburgh and WWE Royal Rumble tickets have an average price of $354. The get-in price of $155 makes it even more expensive than this past SummerSlam, one of WWE’s other major pay-per-view events.
In between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania will be February’s Elimination Chamber. In past years, the six-man Elimination Chamber match has been one final test for the champion to hold onto his title before Wrestlemania, but with Brock Lesnar anointing himself the No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it’s not yet known if the title will be defended with four other superstars in the Chamber. If there is a big Elimination Chamber match, it would be reasonable to expect big names like Orton, Cena, Lesnar, Batista, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan to be involved. Either way, WWE Elimination Chamber tickets should be in high demand for the February 26 pay-per-view.
After the Elimination Chamber passes, all roads are clear to Wrestlemania 30. There will be no bigger event in wrestling than what will take place on April 6 in the SuperDome in New Orleans. WWE is sure to put on a monster show celebrating 30 years of Wrestlemania. Rumors of matches have been flowing for months, but there are still plenty of unknowns around the event. The card will be built around the WWE World Heavyweight Championship main event and whoever dares to challenge The Undertaker’s 21-0 undefeated streak at Wrestlemania as the two top events. Right now, Wrestlemania tickets only have an average price of $256 and a low get-in price of $37. Those prices will likely increase as the matches become more clear, starting with the winner of the Royal Rumble. With this being the 30th Wrestlemania, WWE could be bringing in some big names from the past making the show well worth the average price now. For comparison, Wrestlemania 29 in Metlife Stadium last year had an average price of just under $400 with a starting price of $104.
There’s plenty to still be figured out about what will be the storylines heading into these events, but there’s little doubt this is the best time of year to be a wrestling fan.
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