WWE today announced that WrestleMania XXV generated a total of $49.8 million in economy for the greater Houston area. The study was done by Enigma Research Corporation. Local and state governments collected a total of $5.7 million in taxes.
The figure is $1.7 million less than what WrestleMania XXIV generated for Orlando.
"Having the opportunity to host The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania was a huge honor and success," said Greg Ortale, President and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. "The direct expenditure demonstrates that WrestleMania is indeed economically on par with the world’s greatest sports and entertainment offerings."
Highlights from the study show that WrestleMania had $49.8 million of direct, indirect and induced impact derived from spending by non-locals visiting specifically for the show, equating to 600 full time jobs for the area.
During WrestleMania Week, 86% of out of state, overnight visitors who came in for the festivities, stayed in local Houston area hotels. 67% stayed for three nights or more.
Nearly 75% of fans that came to WrestleMania from outside of Houston traveled by air. 23% of the fans that came from out of state were from California and New York.
72,744 fans from all 50 states, 24 countries and seven Canadian provinces attended the show.