AEW Fyter Fest was the company’s second event, but it was the first to not sell out completely. Still, they had a pretty impressive turnout all things considered.
While there were some seats left unfilled in the Ocean Center, the Daytona Beach show still reportedly drew in 4,200 fans in the 5,000 seat venue according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Fyter Fest was a different type of wrestling show as it was in conjunction with the CEO Gaming event. Alex Jebaily and Kenny Omega are friends and helped coordinate the event. While the turnout does show AEW’s drawing power, the fact that it wasn’t a sell out could be a sign that not all AEW shows will be destination events.
The hope for Fyter Fest was that there would be significant walk-ups to purchase tickets. However, “the walk-up really wasn’t that significant. It was more the BTE fan base.”
We will have to wait and see how AEW will fair when they start running weekly buildings on Wednesday nights for their live television show on TNT. It is noted that AEW is looking at running NBA arenas for their upcoming television show, but that seems like a lofty goal.
The belief is there that a weekly television show will build popularity and while that is true, the jury is still out on whether AEW will be able to draw fans on a weekly basis in a new city each time.