WWE Wrestlemania 36 Will Not Have a Live Audience

WrestleMania 36 will not go on as scheduled at Raymond James Stadium on April 5 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the show will happen.

“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place,” WWE said in a statement, “However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”

All major sports leagues have canceled or suspended their seasons, including MLB, NHL, MLB, MLS and the NCAA, due to the spread of coronavirus. The UFC, after holding a card without fans, postponed its next three cards.
But WWE has not stopped holding televised events including “Monday Night Raw”, “Friday Night SmackDown” and “NXT”, although it has cancelled house shows.

The company broadcast SmackDown live from its Performance Center without fans and just essential personnel on Friday, and planned to do the same with Raw on Monday. As things stand now, that will likely continue during WrestleMania week. The statement does not address what will happen with the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and NXT TakeOver show that was scheduled for WrestleMania week.