Report: Philadelphia a top contender to host a future WWE WrestleMania
The renovations to Lincoln Financial Field may help Philadelphia land a number of major events, namely a Super Bowl.
But it may also land a different kind of Super Bowl — the Super Bowl of professional wrestling.
According to a report from Wrestlechat.net, Philadelphia is a top contender to host WrestleMania in 2015 or 2016, which would be WrestleMania XXXI or XXXII.
The other contender for these events is Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., which will be the home of the San Francisco 49ers by next football season and host of the 2016 Super Bowl.
Philadelphia is being strongly considered for the event because of the success of this year’s WrestleMania, which took place in MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Like the NFL is with the Super Bowl, the WWE was a little hesitant to hold an outdoor event in the northeastern United States in early April, but the weather was not an issue this year.
The temperature for WrestleMania by bell time was around 50 degrees.
If Philadelphia lands WrestleMania, it will be the first time since 1999 the city hosted the event. That was held at what is now known as the Wells Fargo Center.
6abc.com reached out to WWE and received this statement:
"Philadelphia is one of the many cities that has expressed an interest in hosting a future WrestleMania. An announcement regarding WrestleMania 31 will be made early next year."
Philadelphia is set to host a WWE pay-per-view Sunday titled Money in the Bank at the Wells Fargo Center.
According to Forbes, WrestleMania is more than just the biggest wrestling event in the world. It is an economic boost to whatever city hosts it.
The report cited that WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami generated $103 million for the Miami metropolitan area and was a huge boost to tourism.
WrestleMania XXIX in New Jersey was the highest-grossing event in the short history of MetLife Stadium at $12.3 million, according to WWE.