Royal Rumble

WWE announced on Friday evening that the Royal Rumble PPV will return to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, January 29, 2017.

The Royal Rumble was held in the same venue back in 1997 drawing an estimated crowd of 60,525 fans (48,014 paid) headlined by the 30 Man Royal Rumble match and Shawn Michaels vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship in the main event.

Tickets go on sale beginning October 14 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. CT).

16 COMMENTS

  1. Pretty great turnout back then (even if they did have to give away 12,000+ free tickets) seeing as it was during the height of the horridly mundane New Generation Era. Let’s see if they can do better this time around.

  2. Yes it was in San Antonio in 2007 but it was at the AT&T Center and saw The Undertaker enter at #30 and eliminate San Antonio’s own Shawn Michaels, who entered at #23, to win the Royal Rumble. WWE probably wanted the AT&T Center for 2017 but it’s booked that night as the San Antonio Spurs are hosting the Dallas Mavericks.

  3. Actually it was at the end of the New Generation Era. The Royal Rumble at the Alamodome was in January 1997 and most wrestling historians cite the Montreal Screwjob in November 1997 as the beginning of The Attitude Era.

  4. It depends on the event. The AT&T Center is much better for concerts and basketball. Having seen wrestling in both venues, I would say the AT&T Center has better sight lines, but the Alamodome makes for a more exciting experience as since it’s larger it allows for more lingering crowd noise and more noise overall whereas in the AT&T Center noise may have to be piped in (and has been in the past). The AT&T Center has a much better sound system and video screens though both have been updated at the Alamodome since the 1997 Royal Rumble. The seats at the AT&T Center are much more comfortable as they are cushioned at all levels whereas those above the first level in the Alamodome are not. The AT&T Center is also better for laser shows and does a better job of removing smoke from pyro displays. At the AT&T Center the smoke is gone 2-3 minutes into the ensuing match. At the Alamodome, the smoke will linger throughout the show from beginning to end. It’s not as bad as it used to be, as they have upgraded the filtration system several times but it’s still not at the level or speed of the AT&T Center’s system. For those that would want to tweet or Facebook during the show, the AT&T Center is much friendlier. Both venues have free Wi-Fi but the AT&T Center’s signal is faster and stronger. Concessions are about the same in terms of price (at least on the lowest seating level) and quality in both venues. Here’s a little known tip: If you plan to buy snacks and drinks at the Alamodome, do it at the bottom level. They get more expensive as you go up. That doesn’t happen at the AT&T Center. The biggest advantage, other than sheer size, that the Alamodome has over the AT&T Center is that tickets to events there can be sold cheaper as there are more of them to sell. A lower level ticket at The AT&T Center for the Royal Rumble would cost anywhere from $200-$250, if not more. The same ticket at the Alamodome will probably cost around $150-$175.

    Sorry for the long response but I wanted to give you as much information as possible in case you were thinking to coming to the Alamo City for the Royal Rumble.

  5. Shut up jackass. Are you even old enough to remember the New Generation Era? It was the closest WWF/E ever came to bankruptcy and even those who worked there at the time acknowledged it as the lowest point in WWF/E history. Maybe you’re just one of the few easily entertained simpletons who enjoyed Doink the Clown or those stupid Billionaire Ted skits.

  6. I’ve never been to AT&T Center but I was at the Alamodome for TNA Lockdown in 2013. It was better than I thought it would be but it was still a second rate arena like you say.

  7. Well, the Alamodome opened in 1993 and the AT&T Center opened in 2002 (and was known as the SBC Center until 2006) and there were massive improvements in technology in those 11 years, which is why the AT&T Center is so far ahead of the Alamodome in terms of technology (that and the fact that the smaller building has a telecommunications company as a named sponsor). Also, the TNA PPV you reference was in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome and thus didn’t use the main part of the building or all of its amenities. The Illusions Theater is on the North Side of the building. It’s like hosting an event at the Felt Forum (now known as the Theater at Madison Square Garden) and saying it’s at MSG. Technically,it’s at MSG but it isn’t in the main arena.

  8. No. The Royal Rumble is one of the 4 co-branded Pay per views. The other three are Wrestlemania, Summerslam and Survivor Series.

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