Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas will become the second Major League Baseball stadium to host WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Royal Rumble 2019 took place last month at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and drew an estimated 48,000 fans, according to The Houston Chronicle.
WWE executive John Saboor said Friday that Minute Paid Park offers the same opportunities for the company’s second-largest annual event behind WrestleMania.
“We had a wonderful experience at Chase Field, and that underscored our excitement with the decision to place the 2020 Royal Rumble at Minute Maid Park,” said Saboor, the company’s executive vice president of special events.
“We want to expose the WWE brand and its events to as many people as possible, and the size of facilities in which we present our major events is a key catalyst.”
Talks between WWE and the Harris County Houston Sports Authority about brining the Royal Rumble to Minute Maid Park began last summer. Royal Rumble was last hosted in Houston in January 1989, the second year it was held.
“This is an opportunity to build upon what has been a very special relationship built over several decades between WWE and Houston,” he said.
WWE will hold their Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Sunday from the Toyota Center in Houston. Tickets will be announced at a later today but fans attending Sunday’s show will be offered a chance to purchase Royal Rumble tickets before they go on sale to the general public.