WWE’s WrestleMania is coming to Raymond James Stadium Tampa in 2020…maybe. It’s just a rumor for now, but Pro Wrestling Insider’s Dave Scherer reports that Tampa is the frontrunner to host the 36th annual event. What could be considered the wrestling organization’s Super Bowl consistently benefits the city that it takes place in.
WrestleMania is massive — and it only makes sense that the event would be hosted in Florida. The WWE’s performance center is located in Orlando. The company’s NXT program is filmed at Full Sail University in Winter Park. Superstars past and present like Dave Bautista, Chris Jericho and John Cena all live in the Tampa Bay area.
New wrestling company forms in Florida
Florida is also where All Elite Wrestling, what could turn out to be WWE’s first real competition in the sports entertainment market in years, first launched. The company is backed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Tony Khan and is set to host its second major event in Jacksonville this summer.
This is all to say Florida is clearly a wrestling state that will turn out in droves for this spectacle. This means hotels will be booked up. Restaurants, bars and zoos will have a whole new stream of customers throughout the WrestleMania week and weekend round of activities.
Major financial impact in Tampa
NOLA.com’s Gene Guillot reports that WrestleMania 34 generated $175 million in economic impact for New Orleans. A release from the WWE states WrestleMania 34, which took place in Orlando, generated $181 million in economic impact. More than 75,000 fans attended that event and 79% of the fans that attended from out of state stayed in Orlando for an average of 5 nights.
We’re all for generating that kind of impact in the Tampa Bay region. Listen, WWE, when you’re done with New Jersey, feel free to make a welcome return to the Sunshine State.
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