For the second time in less than a month, Philadelphia-based wrestling promotion Extreme Rising has been forced to reschedule an event.
This time, it is for its show that was set for Saturday, March 1 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. That show has now been pushed back to Friday, April 25 because the arena itself, the city of Philadelphia and the contractors hired for the venue was unable to schedule a code inspection this week. Without the inspection, the building cannot be legally opened. The venue is also scheduled to have its grand re-opening in early April.
The general manager of the 2300, Roger Artigiani, released a statement and a video regarding the matter via the Extreme Rising YouTube page.
The statement reads as follows:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have notified Extreme Rising Wrestling that the Arena is unable to host this coming Saturday, March 1st event. Unfortunately, the contractor hired and the city of Philadelphia were unable to schedule a timely, necessary Code Inspection for this week, so that the Arena could officially be certified to begin operations. This issue prevents us from legally opening the facility to the public at this time. It is our priority to make sure the audience sees our events in a safe and legally approved environment.
Arena management has met with Extreme Rising to help facilitate rescheduling, and assist in a smooth transition for fans and staff. The rescheduled date for this weekend's event is now Friday, April 25th at the 2300 Arena. More details to come at www.extremerising.com
We guarantee that all issues, inspections and certificates will be rectified far in advance of our next scheduled Arena events, and therefore the April 25th & 26th Extreme Rising and April 27th MaskedMania events will not be affected in anyway whatsoever by the above mentioned delay.
We encourage fans to support the Arena and Extreme Rising by exchanging your tickets for the rescheduled date of the event. Contact Extreme Rising by email firstname.lastname@example.org --or by phone at 215-385-5117. If you are unable to exchange your tickets for the new date, refunds are available at your point of purchase.
For those who have purchased a ticket for the event this week and exchange them, the Arena is offering a FREE BBQ cookout with wrestlers of Extreme Rising and includes free hot dogs, hamburgers, and sodas before the Friday, April 25th Extreme Rising event at the Arena. This offer is ONLY valid for those who purchased AND EXCHANGE their tickets for the new event date. You have 14 days from now to exchange your tickets for 3/1 to 4/25 to receive this bonus.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this construction delay may have caused to the fans, the wrestlers, and the staff of Extreme Rising. We can assure you that 2300 Arena will be a great venue for all of your indoor sports and music events.
Extreme Rising was forced to reschedule its event in Pittsburgh that was originally set for Feb. 8 due to poor weather conditions. That show is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 3.
[Video courtesy of Extreme Rising]