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WrestleMania is a hot ticket around the world March 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Sports.

They like body slams in Belgium? Apparently, they do.

When it comes to Ford Field on April 1, WrestleMania 23 will truly be an international affair. Not only have tickets to the event been sold in all 50 states, but fans from 22 countries besides the United States will be making the pilgrimage to the event, as well.

Those countries where tickets have been sold are, in alphabetical order: Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxumbourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

“I’m astounded by the number of countries represented,” said WWE spokesman Bob Collins, adding the most countries he can remember fans coming from for past WrestleManias has been 16. He says this is the first time they’ve had people coming from Greece, Norway or Poland.

So far, around 65,000 tickets have been sold to WrestleMania 23, which comes 20 years after more than 93,000 fans packed into the Pontiac Silverdome for WrestleMania III. And there are more tickets still to come: WWE is expected to release between 1,500 and 3,000 standing-room-only tickets next week.

Though he’s beside himself over the worldwide nature of the event, one thing is still bothering Collins about this year’s WrestleMania: “Usually, we sell one ticket in Malta, but apparently that person isn’t coming this year,” Collins said. “I’m really disappointed. I hope they’re OK!”

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