It's like a comic book convention with real super heroes.
WrestleMania Axxess takes over the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Thursday through Sunday. Fans can engage in experiences like entering the Elimination Chamber, watch live matches and see the most die-hard wrestling fans before WrestleMania 32 takes over Sunday at AT&T Stadium.
Here are seven things to know about the event:
Axxess is much more expensive than fan fests such as Comic Con, the NFL Experience and Final Four Fan Fest. Each day has one to three four-hour sessions open to the public and each session requires a separate ticket. General admission costs $55 per session.
Want to meet and get an autograph from a big-time wrestler? You'll need premium VIP or VIP access, which costs up to $175 for an autograph and a glossy photo. For a list of the wrestlers appearing, click here. Other wrestlers will be performing or walking the floor throughout the event.
2. Live matches
On Friday night, NXT TakeOver: Dallas will be broadcast live on the WWE Network, and there will be live matches throughout the weekend. NXT is the like the prospect league of the WWE (think Triple-A baseball to the major leagues). In years past, matches at Axxess have influenced the WrestleMania card on Sunday.
3. Like a museum
Fans can see memorabilia of WrestleMania's past such as costumes (ex. The Undertaker's coat from WrestleMania XXX), the championship belts and a real life Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy.
4. Create your own WWE entrance and call your own match
Cue your music, burst through the curtain, and walk down a real-life WWE ramp as if you're getting ready to compete for a world title. You can also sit at a replica WWE announcer table and call your own match, while watching WWE highlights from the past.
5. Kid-friendly activities
Compare yourself to Andre the Giant as you stand next to his full-size statue, climb the rock wall set up on the Axxess floor or jump into the WWE foam pit. And it's not just any foam pit, but a bottomed out WWE ring where instead of a mat, you'll fall into the safety of the soft foam.
6. Step inside the Elimination Chamber
The chamber is a giant steel cage, one of the most dangerous structures in which WWE wrestlers perform, and fans will have a chance to step foot inside. No body slamming, though.
In addition to Texas WrestleMania gear, you can buy a box of Booty O's (the official cereal of WrestleMania), John Cena T-shirts (even though he isn't on the card) or a Slammy Award (WWE's version of an Oscar).