WWE just dropped a WrestleMania sized headline. Actually THREE headlines, all wrapped into one giant announcement.
WrestleMania 37 will be hosted in Tampa Bay, Florida at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, April 10th, and Sunday, April 11th 2021 with limited ticket availability. WOW! That wasn’t all though…
WrestleMania 38 will be hosted in Arlington/Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 3rd, 2022. Oh, there was one more bombshell.
WrestleMania 39 will be hosted in Inglewood/Los Angeles, California at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park on Sunday, April 2nd, 2023.
A lot of unravel here but huge news by WWE to randomly drop on a Saturday evening. Let’s tackle all the ramifications…
First, the company usually announces one WrestleMania location at a time. This is their biggest event of the year, so fans wait eagerly to know where the next year’s event is headed. To know the next THREE locations is big. I know I attended a Mania back in 2017 for the Orlando, Florida edition. It is nice to know this kind of thing so far in advance.
Secondly, note that this year’s Mania is two nights again. That was the case in 2020 after it was determined the show would be completely ruined by the Covid-19 stuff. Two nights was praised pretty heavily, so it is cool to see it return. I’m fine with the traditional one night spectacle, but I understand how circumstances clearly meant an audible had to be called. Note that 2022 and 2023 are back to the usual singular night, on a Sunday night. More on that in a bit.
Thirdly, Tampa Bay is getting their Mania which it was supposed to host in 2020. Obviously, that was all canceled, and WWE just ran the event at their empty training facility. No fans, no noise, no pomp and circumstances, no NOTHING. Tampa is owed this, so it is cool things are kinda back on track for 2021. How they deal with fans attending will be interesting to watch play out. Nice gesture WWE didn’t just skip them and say screw it. Florida has been pretty generous to the company over the years.
Fourthly, I love the Texas choice for 2022 because the company will want a HUGE attendance number. By next April, I assume things will be back to somewhat of a normal life again. High hopes I know, but we are going to just go with it. In 12 months, WWE will want fans back in the seats to a FULL capacity. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Going to a stadium that can tout over 100,000 fans – yeah, they will want to brag about that attendance number. The same stadium hosted WrestleMania 32 in 2016, and it was a huge success.
Fifth, I like the idea of California finally getting their Mania in the new stadium. Keep in mind they were originally supposed to get this year’s event. Things obviously got shuffled a bit, but everybody is getting a ‘win’ in the end. WWE was in a tough spot with all the Covid-19 crap. Have to commend them for still being able to compromise with three different locations on hosting future Manias.
Ultimately, this is big news for wrestling fans. WrestleMania is the single biggest event of the year, so any little tidbit about the show brings buzz and excitement. Hoping fans are in attendance is clearly a goal for WWE. However, only if it is safe. I think we ALL want fans back out there screaming and yelling and cheering and booing…but not if it would create a disaster. If we are truly going to be back to normal in the coming years, buckle up folks! The road to WrestleMania is going to be fun.
By Justin Watry (Twitter: @JustinWatry)