Just weeks before WrestleMania 34 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, WWE announced that the Grandest Stage of Them All would return to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
So the focus now turns to which city will get to host WrestleMania 36 in 2020, and the options are aplenty. Joe Furin - manager of the historic Los Angeles Coliseum - told ESPN's Arash Markazi that he's hoping Vince McMahon will bring the show over to the west coast in two years.
"I think it would be great to see WrestleMania 36 or 37 at the Coliseum.That's definitely a call we're going to make," he said. "I think I have to update the bid video, but the reasons remain the same. We've hosted every big event except for one, and it would be great to finally come full circle and check that box and host WrestleMania."
The Coliseum was to host WrestleMania VII, but a lack of ticket sales forced the WWE to move the show over to the nearby Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. In storyline, WWE said it was for "security reasons," for the Gulf War.
As Markazi pointed out, the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is in the midst of construction and is scheduled to open in 2020. The NFL's Los Angeles Chargers and Rams will share the stadium for their home games.
Besides the aforementioned WrestleMania VII, Los Angeles also hosted WrestleMania 2 (which was also held in Uniondale, New York and Rosemont, Illinois), and WrestleMania 21.
The L.A. Coliseum currently sits 77,500 spectators for football, but it can be north of 93,000 for other events. Whether Furin and the city of Los Angeles can convince the WWE that it's a suitable venue remains to be seen.
It will likely be 11 to 12 months until WWE announced who will host WrestleMania 36. There will be many big cities bidding against Los Angeles, but Furin says there's nothing like the L.A. Coliseum.
"WrestleMania has certainly grown, and the Coliseum has also grown with the city of Los Angeles. If you have a big event, you want to go somewhere that has hosted big events, " he said. "There's sometimes a risk in taking it into a new facility that is still working the bugs out, but you'd like to have it somewhere with a history and a track record of hosting big events, and there's no stadium in the world with that kind of history and track record of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum."
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