That’s a huge step. The Coronavirus has changed the way the wrestling world works in a lot of ways and it could be a very long time before things are back to normal. There is almost nothing that feels the same as it did before, though companies are taking small steps to get back. Ring of Honor is returning to TV tapings this week and WWE is moving back into a major arena for the foreseeable future. AEW might be one upping both of them though.
Possibly the biggest change over the summer has been the lack of fans at the events. There is only so much that can be done with no one in the stands and the effects have been shown to be quick negative. You just can’t get that much going with the lack of energy in place. WWE and AEW have been doing a little something to make things better by adding in their wrestlers as a makeshift crowd. That might not have to be the case much longer.
AEW has announced that they will be allowing 10-15% capacity to their events at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida, starting with the August 27 Dynamite. The event will be socially distanced and outside, as Daily’s Place is an amphitheater which does not have a full roof. Daily’s Place holds about 5,500 people at full capacity, meaning that Dynamite will include somewhere between 500-750.
Limited tickets for the live outdoor Aug. 27 #AEWDynamite on TNT, go onsale tomorrow Friday Aug 21, 10am ET on https://t.co/UN1cNj1kQq + https://t.co/Y4EcTO5v4i. Physically-distanced tickets start at $30 (+ service fees) in compliance with State/Local Regulations + CDC Guidelines pic.twitter.com/DNd5q3SVR0
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) August 20, 2020
AEW does work better with fans. Check out how the shows are supposed to look:
Opinion: This is a major step for both the company and the fans as there will be some people who are starving to get back into the arena for a change and AEW can bring in some extra revenue. No it isn’t going to be a fortune, but having the few hundred people paying to get in should be a nice little bonus. Above all else though, this is going to help upgrade the atmosphere. Five hundred or so fans might not seem like much, but it’s a lot better than nothing.
What will this change for AEW? How much better will it be? Let us know in the comments below.
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