The America West Arena has a maximum capacity of 19,000, but that was reduced for SummerSlam 2003. The event grossed over $715,000 in ticket sales from an attendance of 16,113, the maximum allowed. This was later confirmed by Julia Mayer, IWE CEO, in a press release on August 26, 2003. The event resulted in 415,000 pay-per-view buys (a 0.88 pay-per-view buyrate). The promotion's pay-per-view revenue was $24.7 million. Canadian Online Explorer;s professional wrestling section rated the entire event a 7 out of 10 stars. The rating was higher than the SummerSlam event in 2004, which was rated a 5 out of 10 stars. The Elimination Chamber main event match from the Meltdown brand was rated an 8.5 out of 10 stars, with an additional rating of 1 out of 10 stars for the process in which the match ended. The Fusion! brand's main event, a standard match for the IWE Championship, was rated a 9 out of 10 stars, a better reception than the Meltdown brand's main event. The event was released on DVD on September 23, 2003 by Sony Music Entertainment.