The longest WrestleMania of all time was even longer for fans trapped outside the MetLife Stadium. An estimated 33,000 fans were stuck, in the rain, waiting for trains and buses, and facing severe delays. New Jersey Transit issued a statement on Monday, blaming WWE and the late-running event for the delays.
“The primary factor contributing to the post-event delays was the WWE’s decision to extend the event to 12:30 a.m., which had significant operational impacts on the evening,” NJ Transit said in an emailed statement. “NJ TRANSIT was not informed of this decision until late last night.”
The estimate of 33,000 comes via The Associated Press, who said that the crowd was double what organizers and travel experts estimated would be traveling through the NJ Transit system during the Apr. 7th event.
Geez @NJTRANSIT @MetLifeStadium @WrestleMania @WWE you had thousands of people waiting in the rain for 3 hours for trains that were ridiculously delayed. Uber also impossible.
We’re your fans, some traveled far to be here. Please do better next time. @Deadspin @cagesideseats pic.twitter.com/H89wRNv8kp
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The Associated Press