Update on Major City Bidding To Host Both Mania & Royal Rumble
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Major cities from all around the world have been bidding and wanting to host WWE's WrestleMania PPV for several years now and because of this the bidding for WrestleMania has become a competitive market for major cities all across the nation. With cities understanding the substantial increase in revenue brought in from WrestleMania weekend, whether it is food, lodging, parking, or rentals, WWE's biggest show of the year has become a hot commodity.
As a result, Tampa, FL, is looking to secure a bid to host WrestleMania. The city will be hosting its fourth Super Bowl in 2021, and is looking to host WrestleMania in 2023, 2024, or 2025. In addition to WrestleMania, Tampa is looking to host the Royal Rumble in 2022 or 2023.
"I think it's something we've been taking a hard look at for quite some time," said Rob Higgins, Tampa Bay Sports Commission executive director. "Naturally, we think with the rich tradition of professional wrestling in our community, with so many (WWE stars) who live here, with how much passion there is for professional wrestling, that it makes a lot of sense to try to host the premier event in WrestleMania."
Although WrestleMania has been in both Orlando and Miami, Tampa has never hosted the event. With WrestleMania 33 in Orlando bringing in USD 181.5 Million from visitor spending, Tampa is looking to make the first time hosting the event just as successful.
WWE star Titus O'Neil accompanied Rob Higgins for the announcement of Tampa making a bid to host WrestleMania. "They'll take some time to evaluate (the bid), and then I'm sure we'll be in conversation with them to see where it takes us," Higgins said.
Previous WWE events held in Tampa include the 1995 Royal Rumble, Saturday Night's Main Event 1985, and Survivor Series 2000.
You can check out the full article of Tampa's interest in WrestleMania and Royal Rumble as well as other news items in this link.