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WWE Royal Rumble could bring more than 40,000 spectators to St. Pete

WWE Royal Rumble could bring more than 40,000 spectators to St. Pete

a wrestling ring surrounded by lights in a sold out stadium
In 2023, the WEE Royal Rumble took over the Alamodome with more than 50,000 fans in attendance. | Screencap from WWE on YouTube

Tropicana Field (1 Tropicana Dr) in St. Pete will host WWE’s Royal Rumble this Saturday, January 27. This is one of the company’s largest events of the year, part of its Big 4 Premium Live Events (PLE) that also includes WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and SummerSlam.

Before we continue, visitors to St. Pete, and those who live in town can enjoy discounted rides around the Sunshine City (and to Tropicana Field) with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). Get unlimited daily rides on any PSTA route, including the SunRunner, for just $3 in the Flamingo Fares App. Create your account, select “Add Passes,” choose PSTA, and use the following promo codes at checkout:


1 Day Promo Pass: Code “WWE”; Group Pass (up to 4 riders): Code “WWE4”. Codes are case-sensitive, and the promo code is valid 1/22/2024 – 1/29/2024

WWE superstars Zelina Vega and Big E went out to the St. Pete Pier to promote the WWE Royal Rumble with Visit St. Pete Clearwater | Screencap from @wwebige

The biggest Rumble in WWE history in St. Petersburg

During a press conference at the Trade Winds, WWE Superstar Natalya Neidhart said, “This will be the biggest Royal Rumble in WWE history.” We believe the hype.

The Rock has just made his return to WWE and subtly stated his intention to challenge Roman Reigns. The polarizing and always captivating CM Punk has returned to the WWE and will be one of the entrants in the Rumble. The eponymous babyface Cody Rhodes is hell bent on “completing the story” and winning back-to-back rumbles. Megastar Becky Lynch also seems primed to win her second Royal Rumble to challenge the dominant Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania.


What I’m trying to say is the company is white hot right now and we expect a huge crowd to gather at Tropicana Field for this event.

a group of people pose with a WWE title
WWE Superstars Natalya Neidhart and Omos pose with Pinellas County officials

A huge Royal Rumble weekend in Tampa Bay

Tickets are officially on sale and can be purchased here. This event is expected to sell out so reserve your spot while you can.

WWE will head to town for an entire weekend of events across St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa, Fla., highlighted by the Royal Rumble on Saturday, January 27 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Two days later, Monday Night Raw will emanate from Amalie Arena in Tampa on January 29. This marks the first time that the Royal Rumble will be held in Tampa Bay in front of fans since 1995.

Festivities also include a One Deadman Show with the iconic performer The Undertaker in Clearwater. The event takes place on Sunday, January 28 at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.

Attendees are reminded that there’s a convenient SunRunner Bus Stop right outside Tropicana Field, so you can access this steller event without a car.

WWE brings Premium Live Events to Tampa Bay

“Tampa Bay has long been a terrific market for WWE,” said WWE Executive Vice President of Live Events John Porco. “Thanks to our partners at the Tampa Bay Rays, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, we look forward to a fantastic schedule of events in January.”

“We are excited to welcome WWE back to Tropicana Field for the 2024 Royal Rumble,” said Tampa Bay Rays President Matt Silverman. “The Royal Rumble will provide first-class sports entertainment to both those seeing the action in person and watching as part of a worldwide television audience. This event will bring visitors from around the globe to experience the beauty of our area and all it has to offer.”

Inside a wrestling arena with blue lights
WWE ThunderDome inside Tropicana Field 2020

Royal Rumble could have major impact on St. Pete

These events often have a significant economic impact. The 2023 event took place in the AlamoDome and drew in 51,338 fans from across the globe. The published capacity of Tropicana Field is 42,735. The Rumble would certainly fill hotels, and have our local restaurants and breweries well occupied during its big weekend of live event festivities.

WWE’s WrestleMania generated nearly $175 million for the Tampa area.

Royal Rumble ticket details can be found online here.

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