The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is set to host WrestleMania for the second time in five years. It’ll also be just the second time that the city of New Orleans hosts The Grandest Stage of Them All pay-per-view.
However, WWE almost chose to take the WrestleMania 34 stage elsewhere. According to Mike Johnson PWInsider.com, the original plans were for MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to host the event. But Johnson said that “New Orleans swooped in and made a great presentation for the show.” He does believe that New Jersey could “have a leg up on other markets,” when it comes to WWE deciding who should host WrestleMania 35 in 2019, though.
WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans was a major success for the WWE. From Hulk Hogan calling it the “Silverdome” to Brock Lesnar breaking The Undertaker’s perfect streak to Daniel Bryan becoming the new World Champion, the show was one of the best in years.
The attendance for WrestleMania XXX was reported to be 75,167, and according to NOLA.com the show produced $142.2 million in economic impact for the city. As such, it’s no surprise that WWE opted to take ‘Mania back to New Orleans four years later.
MetLife Stadium did host WrestleMania 29, with 80,767 in attendance. It was the third time New Jersey hosted the show, having previously hosted WrestleMaia IV and WrestleMania V in Atlantic City in 1988 and ’89, respectively.
There have been different names thrown out for potential hosts to WrestleMania 35. Detroit, New York and Philadelphia are some of the cities that have been rumored. All three have the population and arena venues suitable to host the event, so New Jersey is going to have competition when they try presenting East Rutherford as the best option.
But for now, all eyes are on the city of New Orleans as they try to pull off yet another excellent show on April 8th.
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