At this time of the year, the hot buzz for the location of next year’s Wrestlemania begins to surface. As the smoke clears and clarity sits in, this is when traveling fans pre-planning for next year’s Mania trip begins. This month, we in the WWE Universe will be treated to the official announcement that Wrestlemania 30 take place from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Last year when the announcement was made that Wrestlemania 29 would be held in New York / New Jersey at Met Life Stadium, many questioned where Wrestlemania 30 would be held since every fan was under the assumption that Wrestlemania 30 would be held in New York. Reason being, wrestling fans grew accustomed to the “every 10 year New York is Mania” plan. With Wrestlemania 1, 10 and 20 being held at Madison Square Garden, you can see why fans were expecting this.
Vince McMahon made it clear in last years “History of Wrestlemania” documentary that after Wrestlemania 22, Wrestlemania will no longer be held in arenas, but rather be held in football stadiums. When that was said, many speculated that Madison Square Garden may officially be out of the picture, however the WWE satiated the New York notion, by still holding Wrestlemania 29 in the New York area.
With Wrestlemania 30 being held in the New Orleans, Mercedes Benz Superdome, this will be the first professional wrestling event held in the dome since the June 21st 1999 edition of WCW Monday Nitro when Goldberg defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. With Wrestlemania coming down to the Big Easy, this one event will be a prime financial benefit to the city. Granted, New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl before, the last time was 2002, so the city is very familiar with what a major sporting event can bring. However, Wrestlemania’s financial influence will be a positive for the city, especially for the unique element that the event will bring. One thing is for sure, this is going to be an experience that the city has never experienced and will never forget.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports