Tony Khan appeared on the AEW Unrestricted podcast to talk about the return to fans to AEW events.
So far, the promotion has only had 10% capacity with fans at their shows, but the AEW President is looking to increase that number.
“We’ve been slowly taking steps towards it for a while now. We’ve been encouraging fans to watch on television while we’ve been trying to get ready for a return in a very first step kind of a way,” Khan said. “What we’ve done is not anything close to the old experience in arenas, but it’s also a great experience for the small number of fans who are able to come, and it’s completely safe. What we’re doing is in an outdoor space. We’re operating at 10% capacity for our first event, and we’re aiming to get up to 15% capacity going forward.
“And in an outdoor space, operating at that kind of capacity, we’re looking at crowds of about, in amphitheater setup of over 5,000, we’re looking at maybe 700-800 max. Our first show, we did 500 people, and it was really nice. It was a great atmosphere, and it was the biggest crowd anybody’s seen for a live wrestling show in a long time. And I think for All Out, we’re expecting slightly more, and I think we’re going to hit on 12-13% capacity with paid fans which is really a step in the right direction. Frankly, compared to what we were at, 700 fans could feel like 7,000.”
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