‘Perfect return story:’ WWE’s WrestleMania to return this year to Florida
Stamford-based WWE has actually announced that WrestleMania 37 will now take place on April 10 and April 11 at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the site of Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7. The 65,000-seat location was the initially prepared place for the 2020 WrestleMania, however the very first wave of the coronavirus pandemic required the WWE to move it to a close-doors setup at its training center in Orlando, Fla.
” The chance for Tampa Bay to host WrestleMania in April is, in true WWE fashion, the best comeback story and marks a clear sign that our gorgeous city is poised to recover more powerful than ever,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor stated in a statement. “We can’t wait to when again display all that group Tampa Bay has to offer.”
WWE is filming its flagship weekly TELEVISION shows, “Raw” and “SmackDown,” behind closed doors at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., which is about 20 miles southwest of Raymond James Stadium. It previously taped the programs at Amway Center in Orlando and at the training center.
Some fans apparently will be allowed to go to WrestleMania, with the business keeping in mind in its statement that “in coordination with local partners and federal government authorities, WWE will reveal ticket availability and security procedures for WrestleMania37 in the coming weeks.”
Throughout the pandemic, Florida has actually executed some of the most permissive policies for in-person occasion participation. An average of about 14,500 fans went to the Buccaneers’ home video games this season, ranking third in the NFL, according to ESPN.
” WrestleMania will bring 10s of millions of dollars to the Tampa area,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting more sporting and home entertainment occasions in Florida this year.”
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will invite WrestleMania in 2022, while SoFi Stadium will host the phenomenon in 2023.
” The city of Inglewood eagerly anticipates the opportunity to host WrestleMania in 2023 and celebrates the deferment of this year’s event to Tampa Bay so they can have their rightful WrestleMania minute,” Inglewood Mayor James Butts Jr. said in a declaration. “Our time will come.”
WrestleMania was last held in California in 2015, when Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium hosted. The occasion most recently took location in southern California in 2005, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“On behalf of everybody at WWE, we thank Gov. DeSantis, Mayor Castor, (Arlington) Mayor (Jeff) Williams and Mayor Butts for their graciousness and versatility in what was a collective effort to bring the next 3 WrestleManias to these iconic stadiums in their world-class cities,” WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon said in a statement.
In 2019, WrestleMania was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It generated about $165 million to the New Jersey-New York area from direct and indirect visitor spending.
The total marked the eighth-straight year that WrestleMania’s economic effect exceeded $100 million for its host area.