In this week's edition of 'How Much Did it Cost?", I will breakdown my trip to WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas this past April. I will breakdown the cost into five segments: Transportation, Lodging, Entertainment, Food, and Miscellaneous. All prices are US Dollars.
- Southwest Airlines, Columbus to Dallas Round Trip: $213.96
- Uber, Downtown Dallas to AT&T Stadium Round Trip: $47.46
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit Fares: $7.50
- Airbnb in Downtown Dallas: $235.00
- WrestleMania 32 ticket: $261.85 (Ticketmaster)
- WWE Hall of Fame: $82.82 (StubHub)
- WWE Monday Night Raw: $195.55 (StubHub)
- WWE WrestleMania Axxess: Free
- CityPass: $47.00
FOOD (Estimated): $77.14
- Whataburger: $19.43
- AT&T Stadium: $21.00
- Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse: $20.67
- Cloud 9 Café: $5.00
- Wal-Mart: $2.33
- Chili's: $1.59
- McDonald's: $7.12
- CVS Pharmacy: $5.39
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST FOR TRIP: $1,173.67
Now it's time to put everything into context. For transportation, I was within walking distance of most of the stuff I wanted to see. The only time I used public transportation was to and from the airport and to the George W. Bush Presidential Library. I used Uber to and from AT&T Stadium because it is in the middle of nowhere in Arlington, Texas.
Entertainment was my biggest expense during this trip because I love wrestling. My WrestleMania 32 ticket was purchased at face value via Ticketmaster while the Hall of Fame and Monday Night Raw were not face value and purchased via StubHub. The Hall of Fame ticket was about $20 below face value while the Monday Night Raw ticket was almost $100 above face value. I HATE SCALPERS! I was able to attend WrestleMania Axxess for free because a couple gave me and another guy their wristbands and we walked through the WWE Superstore at the convention center. The CityPass allowed entry to the Sixth Floor Museum, the Reunion Tower, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
For Lodging, I wouldn't normally spend over $200 for a place to stay but this Airbnb was in a perfect location. I was within walking distance of the American Airlines Center, the Convention Center, Dealey Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum, the Reunion Tower, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
For Food, this was an estimated total cost because I paid cash for some stuff and I didn't keep the receipts. The first thing I ate in Dallas was Whataburger and the last thing I ate in Dallas was Whataburger. It's a great place to eat. At AT&T Stadium, I bought a pulled pork meal and got a WrestleMania 32 souvenir cup. The Cloud 9 Café purchase was nachos after WrestleMania because there was a food truck outside of the stadium. I got a $12 meal for only $5 because somebody left without picking up their order and the cook just wanted to get rid of it. The Wal-Mart purchase was some candy and orange juice because I didn't leave Arlington until 1:30 am, two and a half hours after WrestleMania ended. I was waiting for the Uber surge pricing to expire because it was almost 5 times the normal rate.
I hope this breakdown gives you an idea of how much you may have to spend to attend WrestleMania. I think that it is cheaper to buy everything separately instead of buying a WWE Travel Package for the WrestleMania weekend. I really enjoy doing these cost breakdowns because I think that I could help someone out with their travel plans and it helps me with my accounting skills. Thank you for reading and always remember, WHEN THE GLASSES ARE ON, THERE'S SOME TRAVELING GOIN' ON!