The WWE announced today that WrestleMania 36 has been moved to a new location and will not have an audience due to the current pandemic in North America. The WWE Championship will feature Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre.
“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place,” WWE said. “However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view.”
The added that “only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”
The 36th annual event was going to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Sunday, April 5.
WrestleMania is usually more than just a one-day event; it’s a week-long celebration. In addition to WrestleMania 36, other activities that were planned included WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival, as well as four nights of events; SmackDown Live; the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; NXT TakeOver and Monday Night Raw.
WWE was also going to host more than a dozen community outreach events, including hospital visits and Be a STAR bullying prevention rallies, designed to give back to the local region.
Over the past 12 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.2 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event. Last year, the 35th annual event took place on Sunday, April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Next year, WrestleMania is going to Hollywood. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and WWE previously announced that SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles will host the event on Sunday, March 28, 2021.
“There is nothing quite like WrestleMania Week,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It is a one-of-a-kind event that provides an economic boost to the region — and fans from around the world will find a city that is ready to host them and welcomes the spectacle.”
“The city of Inglewood is thrilled to say that WrestleMania will add to the growing number of national and internationally followed events that will be hosted in our city over the next eight years,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. “WrestleMania brings excitement and is followed by almost every age demographic. With the scheduling of this marquee event, we can say without contradiction, the only thing that has changed in Inglewood is…everything.”
“WrestleMania is one of the world’s most-watched events, and we are proud to welcome WWE to the Inglewood community,” said Jason Gannon, Managing Director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.
“WWE’s commitment to community is consistent with our mission to provide a lasting positive impact in the community. We look forward to making a difference with WWE.”
“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we are excited to bring WrestleMania back to Los Angeles,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “WrestleMania will set the bar for future sports and entertainment events held at SoFi Stadium as we add this facility to the list of iconic venues that have hosted our pop-culture extravaganza.”
In addition to WrestleMania 37, other events include Friday Night SmackDown, NXT TakeOver and Monday Night Raw at Staples Center. The week also includes WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as well as the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
WWE will also host more than a dozen community outreach events, including hospital visits and Be a STAR bullying prevention rallies, designed to give back to the local region.