A week of BBQ and bodyslams has wrapped up as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) presented WrestleMania 32 – professional wrestling's annual promo-filled Super Bowl inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
An all-time WWE attendance record of 101,763 people from 50 states and 35 countries made the pilgrimage to witness their favorite athletes clash at the nearly seven-hour event. "On behalf of the Dallas Cowboys organization, we congratulate WWE on their historic achievement," said Dallas Cowboys Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson in a press release. "WrestleMania was an incredible spectacle like none other, and we look forward to hosting it again at AT&T Stadium."
WrestleMania 32 also became the highest-grossing live event in WWE history, grossing $17.3 million. The record was set last year, as WrestleMania 31 in Santa Clara, CA, grossed $12.6 million. It also generated $139 million in economic impact for the Santa Clara/San Jose area; $22 million of which was spent on hotels and accommodations. That's why cities bid on hosting the pop culture extravaganza each year – Orlando has been chosen over Philadelphia and Minneapolis to hold WrestleMania 33 next year.
"We are thrilled that we made history tonight at WrestleMania, further cementing its place as one of the top sports and entertainment events in the world," said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon.
As soon as fans arrived at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, they were greeted by WrestleMania signs and life-size WWE Superstar cutouts at baggage claim and rental car stations. Even the streets of downtown Dallas were plastered in WrestleMania banners showcasing top stars such as The Rock and John Cena. StubHub handed out free lanyards with plastic pouches to securely hold tickets to the event while fans scooped up hats, shirts, wristbands and posters emblazoned with the WrestleMania and WWE logos.
Throughout the week, fans mobbed the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas for WrestleMania Axxess, an annual fan fest with autograph signings, exhibits and merchandise. Snickers sponsored the event, giving out free candy bars and sharing clips through social media and YouTube. During the WrestleMania broadcast, an ad featured WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair and WWE Superstars Charlotte and Zack Ryder as part of the "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign.
Few bibliophiles could resist delving into cafeteria tables laden with more than 16,000 books, all sorted and sold for a fraction of the original sticker price. Sweetening the prospect of a used book sale, however, is the promise of ample free food and other giveaways.
The Emmaus Public Library, a community library in eastern Pennsylvania, teamed up recently with The Nutrition Group, a full-service food and utilities management company, to hold a used book sale and a Nutrition, Health and Safety Fair at Lower Macungie Middle School, one of the institutions serviced by The Nutrition Group. The school’s cafeteria was transformed into a mecca for readers of all ages, and the halls outside the book sale were stocked with booths providing free screenings and sharing information on healthy eating, the dangers of smoking and the importance of good oral hygiene.
Booth workers gave away bags of popcorn, packets of flavored raisins, and samples of fruit smoothies. But there were also a slew of promotional products at the fair. A local hospital had a basket of spray hand sanitizers set up next to a display about germs. An orthodontist gave out logoed water bottles. Other swag on site included stress balls, erasers, stickers, bumper stickers, keychains, can coolers and crayon packets with nutrition-themed coloring pages.
Plan on having your own public event or fair? Make sure you have an ample supply of fun and functional promotional items to hand out. Contact your distributor partner for great ideas and products.