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WWE’s WrestleMania set for 2020 Florida return

March 7, 2019

STAMFORD — WrestleMania is returning to the Sunshine State next year.

Stamford-based WWE announced Thursday that it would hold its marquee annual event at the approximately 65,000-seat Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla., on April 5, 2020. WWE held the 2017 WrestleMania at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., while this year’s edition is set for April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

“Tampa Bay is proud to host WrestleMania,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said in a statement. “Our region enjoys a special place in sports entertainment history and has produced many of its iconic figures. We look forward to WWE fans from around the world converging on our city in 2020 to enjoy all that we have to offer.”

Raymond James Stadium is the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It has hosted a number of other major athletic events, including the 2017 College Football Playoff national-championship game, and concerts by the likes of Beyonce, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and U2.

This year’s WrestleMania, the 35th edition, will mark the second time the event has been held at MetLife Stadium. WrestleMania 29, in 2013, attracted a crowd of about 81,000, ranking third in all-time WrestleMania attendance.

Last year’s WrestleMania 34 was held at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Its gross revenues totaled $14.1 million, beating the venue’s previous record of $10.9 million set by WrestleMania 30 in 2014. A sold-out crowd of 78,133 fans from all 50 states and 67 countries attended the event.

WrestleMania 34’s week of events produced an economic impact of approximately $140 million for Louisiana, according to the nonprofit Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, the host organization for last year’s event.

The 2016 edition of WrestleMania set the event’s all-time attendance record, with a crowd of about 102,000 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

WWE Network’s total subscriber base reached 2.12 million following WrestleMania, a 9 percent increase from the total the day after WrestleMania 33.

Subscribers watched 25.2 million hours during WrestleMania Week 2018 — equal to 14 hours per subscriber — up 12 percent from the same period in 2017.

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