AEW All In Attendance Update – Over 85,000 & Reason for Revised Number

As noted before, AEW announced that their All In event this past August at Wembley Stadium in London, England broke the record for largest paid attendance for a wrestling event in wrestling history at 81,035. During the post-show media scrum, AEW CEO Tony Khan stated that the total attendance was around 90,000 when including comps and others. This number was later revealed to have been much lower based on the turnstile count of 72,265 from the local government Brent Borough Council.

Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston reported that a recent email from a member of the Brent Borough Council revealed that the original in-person attendance number given by them was not correct.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Brent Council member Chris Whyte confirmed that AEW’s in-person attendance was much higher when counting the total attendance and not just the turnstile count as was originally given.

Whyte reportedly stated that the real attendance number was 85,528 for the event. Meltzer reported that this number includes both those with paid tickets and comp tickets who had actually attended the show.

Whyte reportedly also wrote back to Thurston and others stating that the Brent Council apologizes over the incorrect number that was initially given by them for the event.

Meltzer reported that this newly revised number would put AEW’s All In in-person attendance higher than the over 78,000 that WWE’s WrestleMania III event generated in 1987 and 79,127 that SummerSlam 1992 event generated at Wembley Stadium in 1992 for some comparisons.

Meltzer also reported that this newly revised number does not dispute AEW’s All In currently holding the record for largest paid attendance ever for a wrestling event based on verifiable data.

In regards to total attendance, Meltzer reported that All In’s 85,528 attendance would put it either as the #1 or #2 for all-time attendance not counting WCW and NJPW’s joint Collision in Korea events. One former WWE official spoken to reportedly stated that WWE’s total attendance for WrestleMania 32 in 2016 was around 83,000 to 84,000 but AT&T Stadium venue officials had stated that the number was 93,770. Meltzer reported that WrestleMania 32’s attendance number was later revealed to have included people who were not ticket holders such as workers who normally do not count towards attendance numbers for events.

Meltzer also reported that when counting everyone inside a venue for a wrestling event, AEW’s All In event likely would be #6 in wrestling history, only behind the two Collision in Korea events and WWE’s WrestleMania 32, WrestleMania III, and SummerSlam 1992 events.