Wrestling fans, it’s official: WrestleMania will no longer take place in Tampa. This decision comes after the spread of the coronavirus has spurred cities across the country to limit the size of gatherings both public and private.
“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place,” wrote WWE officials in a statement issued on March 16.
“However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”
Episodes of NXT, SmackDown and Raw have all been taped at the Performance Center in Orlando with no fans in attendance.
This follows an announcement from Tampa Mayor Jane Castor that all bars/restaurants have to limit their occupancy to 50% capacity starting at noon Mar 17, and is requiring that they close by 10pm nightly until further notice.
Officials are encouraging local small business owners to apply for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program funds at sbdctampabay.com/coronavirus as soon as possible.